Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is an aggressive type of malignancy and remains a treatment-refractory cancer. Because of thefew treatment options, understanding of the molecular mechanisms is necessary, for new drugs be developed againstmolecular targets. Two of the novel, promising regimens against molecular targets, NVP-BEZ235 and MSK-777, wereexamined in three preclinical studies performed in human pancreatic cell lines and mouse models and presented in the 2013 ASCO Annual Meeting. Two of the studies evaluated the role of NVP-BEZ235, an oral phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitor, in pancreatic cancer treatment, alone and in combination with nab-paclitaxel (Abstract #e15007) or gemcitabine (Abstract #e15070). The third study presents the effectiveness of the novel cell division cycle 7 (Cdc7) kinase inhibitor, MSK- 777 (Abstract #e15059). All studies demonstrated promising results and further investigation is ongoing.
Muhammad Wasif Saif, Evangelia Skoura, Konstantinos N Syrigos