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New Research Results Show That Investigational Drug Phenoxodiol,Targets Cancer Protein, Causing Cancer Cell Death

rug sensitivity to resistant cancer cells.

"Phenoxodiol has a unique mechanism of action not exhibited by other anticancer drugs in current use.," said Dr. Berridge. "By inhibiting plasma membrane electron transport selectively in cancer cells, phenoxodiol subjects these cells to stress that leads to cell death. This novel drug and its related analogues have the potential to enhance anticancer efficacy by a different mechanism, promising a new approach to management of solid tumors in a range of clinical settings. As the first compound to operate via this pathway, confirmatory evidence to validate the mechanism of action is very desirable."

Specific Findings Identify Specific Proteins Associated with Unlocking the Mystery for Why Cancer Cells don't Die the Way Healthy Cells Do

Evidence from this new study indicates that phenoxodiol inhibits proliferation of many cancer cell lines and some primary immune cells. Phenoxodiol induces the destruction of cancer cells by disrupting a stress pathway in the outer cell membrane, causing down regulation of the FLICE-inhibitory protein, FLIP, and resulting in caspase-dependent and independent degradation of the X-linked inhibitor of cell death, XIAP.

Phenoxodiol selectively limits plasma membrane electron transport in cancer cells, by binding to a cancer specific surface plasma membrane electron transport element on cancer cells thereby inhibiting their proliferation, whereas the compound has no such effect on normal healthy cells.

Multinational trial underway

Phenoxodiol in combination with carboplatin is currently being studied in a multi-national Phase III clinical trial called OVATURE, following positive findings of previous trials conducted at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The OVATURE trial will take place in 60 sites in the United States, Europe, and Australia. Preliminary results from the trial are expected within 18 months.

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