BLOOMFIELD, N.J., April 05, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alfacell Corporation today announced that European researchers have identified the pathway that ONCONASE (ranpirnase) follows to enter cells.
Published in the Journal of Cell Science (2007; 120: 1405-1411), a paper based on studies conducted at the University of Girona in Spain and the University of Montpellier II in France shows that ONCONASE enters cells using AP-2/clathrin-mediated endocytosis, enabling its subsequent delivery to the cytosol. The published data indicate that unlike other RNases, the ONCONASE endocytosis pathway is not targeted to lysosomes.
"ONCONASE has a very specific property in that it is selectively toxic to malignant cells," said Kuslima Shogen, Alfacell's chairman and chief executive officer. "The Journal of Cell Science paper is another reflection of the strong interest that the scientific and medical communities have in understanding ONCONASE's performance. Ongoing independent research like this at leading institutions is providing us with further data that is useful in our efforts to expand the potential therapeutic opportunities for our technology platform."
ONCONASE is a first-in-class therapeutic product candidate based on Alfacell's proprietary ribonuclease (RNase) technology. A natural protein isolated from the leopard frog, ONCONASE has been shown in the laboratory and clinic to target cancer cells while sparing normal cells. ONCONASE triggers apoptosis, the natural death of cells, via multiple molecular mechanisms of action.
About Alfacell Corporation
Alfacell Corporation is the first company to advance a biopharmaceutical product candidate that works in a manner similar to RNA interference (RNAi) through late-stage clinical trials. The product candidate, ONCO NASE, is an RNase that overcomes the challenges of targeting RNA for therapeutic purposes while enabling the development of a new class of targeted therapies for cancer and other life-threatening diseases. In addition to an ongoing Phase IIIb study in malignant mesothelioma, Alfacell is conducting a Phase I/II trial of ONCONASE in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and other solid tumors. For more information, visit http://www.alfacell.com .
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