alexa AE-941 (Neovastat): a novel multifunctional antiangiogenic compound.
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Medicine

Journal of Traditional Medicine & Clinical Naturopathy

Author(s): Gingras D, Batist G, Bliveau R, Gingras D, Batist G, Bliveau R

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Abstract AE-941 (Neovastat) is a naturally occurring product extracted from cartilage and has antiangiogenic properties. It has reached Phase III clinical trial evaluation for the treatment of solid tumors (non-small cell lung cancer and renal cell carcinoma) and a pivotal Phase II clinical trial in multiple myeloma is ongoing. AE-941 inhibits several steps of the angiogenesis process, including matrix metalloproteinase activities and VEGF signaling pathways. Moreover, AE-941 induces endothelial cell apoptosis and tissue-type plasminogen activator activity, thus suggesting that it is a multifunctional antiangiogenic drug. Results from Phase I/II clinical trials indicate that AE-941, given orally, is well tolerated. Moreover, the median survival time in patients with renal cell carcinoma and non-small cell lung cancer was significantly longer in patients receiving high doses of AE-941 compared to low doses. This article was published in Expert Rev Anticancer Ther and referenced in Journal of Traditional Medicine & Clinical Naturopathy

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