HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
USC researchers find drug is tough tumor fighter

Los Angeles, Aug. 29, 2005 - A close structural relative of the celebrated COX-2 inhibitor celecoxib (brand name: Celebrex) is a potent tumor fighter, able to wipe out tumor cells that are resistant to conventional chemotherapies, according to an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Southern California.

Led by Axel H. Schnthal, associate professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the researchers have been studying the effects of an analog of celecoxib that does not have its cousin's celebrated ability to block the activity of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), an enzyme integral to the inflammatory process. Nonetheless, the scientists showed that the analog manages to halt tumor growth even in drug-resistant lines of multiple myeloma cells. (Multiple myeloma is an incurable cancer of the plasma cell; plasma cells are components of the blood, and play a key role in the body's immune response.)

The work was published in the most recent online edition of the journal Blood, and will be appearing in an upcoming print edition of the journal.

Most of the attention celecoxib has received in recent years has been as a result of its anti-inflammatory effects and, most recently, the withdrawal of the two other main COX-2 inhibitors on the market-Vioxx and Bextra-after data unearthed linking them to an increased risk of stroke in some patients. (Celebrex remains on the market, but now carries a "black box" warning about the potential for cardiovascular side effects.)

But the truth is, celecoxib is more than just an anti-inflammatory agent. Over the past couple of years, researchers have begun to recognize that cyclooxygenase-2 can sometimes play a role in cancer; for instance, they've shown that the enzyme is overexpressed by multiple myeloma cells, and that this is a predictor of a poor outcome for the patient. Thus, it seemed clear that a cylooxygenase inhibitor might be able to tur
'"/>

Contact: Jon Weiner
jon.weiner@usc.edu
323-442-2830
University of Southern California
29-Aug-2005


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Innovative tagging technique may help researchers better protect fish stocks
2. Penn researchers discover how key protein stops inflammation
3. ASU researchers partner with UOP to make biofuel for military jets a reality
4. Einstein researchers prototype vaccine could provide improved protection against tuberculosis
5. Penn researchers discover pathway that eliminates genetic defects in red blood cells
6. U-M researchers find family of on switches that cause prostate cancer
7. 2007 EURYI: 20 young researchers to receive Nobel Prize-sized awards for breakthrough ideas
8. Pets could be source of multiresistant bacteria infections in humans, MU researchers investigate
9. MGH researchers confirm that bone marrow restores fertility in female mice
10. Smithsonians National Zoo researchers use electronic eggs to help save threatened species
11. U-M researchers identify gene involved in breast cancer

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/11/2017)... 11, 2017 NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ:   ... announces the appointment of independent Directors Mr. Robin D. ... Board of Directors, furthering the company,s corporate governance and expertise. ... Gino Pereira , ... forward to their guidance and benefiting from their considerable expertise ...
(Date:4/5/2017)... YORK , April 5, 2017 Today ... is announcing that the server component of the HYPR ... known for providing the end-to-end security architecture that empowers ... HYPR has already secured over 15 million ... makers including manufacturers of connected home product suites and ...
(Date:4/3/2017)... , April 3, 2017  Data ... precision engineering platform, detected a statistically significant ... product prior to treatment and objective response ... the potential to predict whether cancer patients ... to treatment, as well as to improve ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... September 20, 2017 , ... The ... Agronomic Services (Koch) to feature new innovations aimed at helping farmers solve the ... 2018. American Farmer airs Tuesdays at 8:30aET on RFD-TV. Check your local listings ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... September 20, 2017 , ... ... a study examining the effects of exoskeleton-assisted walking on gait parameters and ... The article, "Neuromechanical adaptations during a robotic powered exoskeleton assisted walking session" ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... Participants of this ... high-performance fume hood. Along with the advantages and disadvantages of ductless, filtered fume ... hoods in the laboratory. , Attendees will learn from an industry expert about ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... 19, 2017 ValGenesis Inc., the global leader ... to announce the strategic partnership with VTI Life Sciences ... validation services using the latest technology available in the ... clients with efficient and cost-effective validation services using ValGenesis ... the ValGenesis VLMS system. ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: