ROCK Inhibitors for the Prevention of Breast Cancer Metastasis and Tumor Relapse
Posted Apr 29 2012 8:00pm
Description of Invention: The recent success of therapeutic approaches has significantly reduced breast cancer mortality, however, breast cancers that are diagnosed as “triple-negative” (lacking the estrogen receptors, HER2/Neu, and progesterone receptors) don't respond to these available therapies and some hormone receptor or NER2/Neu-positive breast cancers have shown a resistance to these treatments. These breast cancers account for nearly 90% of all breast cancer deaths. Therefore, examining the mechanisms by which the breast cancer cells spread from their primary sites to distant organs is an active area of research. The NIH inventors have discovered that by blocking a key biochemical route necessary for the egress of breast cancer cells into circulation, the CXCR4-Galpha13-Rho signaling pathway, they can prevent the dissemination of breast cancer cells and thereby prevent breast cancer metastasis. In particular, they have discovered that ROCK inhibitors, such as Fasudil, can be used to treat of breast cancer patients after the initial clinical intervention (i.e., surgery, radiation, chemo-radiation, or their combination) to delay or prevent patient relapse due to the metastasis of any residual or prior undetected breast cancer cells.
Treatment of “triple-negative” breast cancers.
Treatment of hormone receptor or NER2/Neu-positive breast cancers that are resistant to currently available therapies.
Advantages: ROCK inhibitors can delay or prevent breast cancer metastasis in patients where there are no effective therapies currently available.
For Licensing Information Please Contact: Whitney Hastings NIH Office of Technology Transfer 6011 Executive Blvd. Suite 325, Rockville, MD 20852 United States Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 301-451-7337 Fax: 301-402-0220