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Small-Molecule Cyclin D1 Ablative Agents for Breast Cancer Therapy

Life Sciences
Therapeutics
Drugs / Pharmaceuticals
College
College of Pharmacy
Researchers
Chen, Ching-Shih
Huang, Jui-Wen
Licensing Manager
Paschall, Christopher
614-688-2727
paschall.12@osu.edu

T2005-038 A new class of small-molecule cyclin D1 ablative agents based on troglitazone (TG) that repress intracellular cyclin D1 levels.

The Need

Cyclin D1 represents an important downstream effector of diverse proliferative and transforming signaling pathways. In mammary cells, transcriptional activation of Cyclin D1 leads to G1/S phase progression and increased proliferation. Cyclin D1 overexpression has been implicated in oncogene-induced mammary tumorigenesis. Interestingly, Cyclin D1 can act as an independent activator of estrogen receptor alpha, and overexpression confers resistance to antiestrogens in breast cancer cells and a negative predictive factor of tamoxifen response. Therefore, Cyclin D1 may be an attractive target for cancer therapy, especially breast cancer.

    The Technology

    The Ohio State University researchers, led by Dr. Ching-Shih Chen, developed a new class of small-molecule cyclin D1 ablative agents based on troglitazone (TG) that repress intracellular cyclin D1 levels. Cyclin D1 plays a pivotal role in malignant transformation and is overexpressed in many types of cancers including breast, colon adenocarcinomas, and squamous carcinomas of the head and neck. Particularly, cyclin D1 overexpression is present in over 50% of primary breast carcinomas, correlating with poor prognosis. Cyclin D1 compounds present a unique opportunity to specifically target the underlying mechanisms of tumorigenesis and proliferation in a wide variety of cancers.

    Commercial Applications

    • Cancer therapeutics
    • Pharmaceuticals

    Benefits/Advantages

    • Inhibits breast cancer cell proliferation
    • Lead compound, 2-TG-6, has a potency that is an order of magnitude higher than that of TG in cyclin D1 repression and MCF-7 cell growth inhibition
    • Improves the efficiency and reduces resistance of chemotherapeutic agents when used in combination
    • IC_50 of lead compound is 8┬ÁM