SST0001 in Advanced Multiple Myeloma
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Last updated:7th Jan 2013
Heparanase cleaves heparan sulfate (HS) chains, a natural substrate for heparanase, and participates in degradation and remodelling of the extra-cellular matrix (ECM) facilitating, among other activities, cell invasion associated with cancer metastasis, angiogenesis, and inflammation. The heparanase enzyme is a promising target for development of new anticancer drugs. HS and the structurally related heparin are present in most animal species. As an analogue of the natural substrate of heparanase HS, heparin is considered to be a potent inhibitor of heparanase. SST0001 is a polymer with a heparin-like structure. It is a reduced oxidized N-acetyl heparin, these modifications cause the reduction of anticoagulant activity and are strictly related to the anti-heparanase activity. In preclinical murine models SST0001 showed a significant anti myeloma effect in multiple myeloma mice xenograft models, with a significant reduction of subcutaneous growth of different multiple myeloma cell lines, when SST0001 was administered either alone or in combination with dexamethasone. The purpose of this study is to determine the safety and tolerability of escalating doses of SST0001 in the treatment of advanced refractory multiple myeloma.
|Study start date||2013-01-07|