Syndax Pharmaceuticals Announces Presentation of Preclinical Data from Menin-MLL Program at the 60th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting
"Acute leukemias characterized by MLL-rearrangements (MLL-r) and nucleophosmin (NPM1) mutations represent areas of high unmet medical need, with 5-year survival rates falling below 50%," said Briggs W. Morrison, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Syndax. "Data presented on VTP-50469, a Syndax Menin-MLL inhibitor, provides further support for developing this class of molecules for specific, genetically-defined acute leukemias. The robustness and consistency of the accumulated preclinical data seen with our Menin-MLL inhibitors provide support for an anticipated IND filing on our lead compound, SNDX-5613, in the second quarter of 2019."
In an oral presentation at ASH, Hannah Uckelmann, Ph.D.,
Furthermore, during a Scientific Spotlight Session at ASH,
Title: MLL-Menin Inhibition Reverses Pre-Leukemic Progenitor Self-Renewal Induced By NPM1 Mutations and
Presenter: Hannah Uckelmann, Ph.D., Research Fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Publication Number: 546
Scientific Spotlight Session:
Title: Targeting Chromatin Complexes in MLL Rearranged Leukemia
About MLL Rearranged Leukemias
Rearrangements of the MLL gene give rise to an acute leukemia, MLL-r. MLL-r occurs in ~80% of infant acute leukemias and up to 10% of adult acute leukemias. It is associated with a poor prognosis, with less than 50% of infants with MLL-r surviving past 5 years. MLL rearrangements produce fusion proteins that require interaction with a protein called Menin in order to drive leukemic cancer growth. Disruption of the Menin-MLL-r interaction has been shown to halt the growth of MLL-r leukemic cells. MLL-r leukemias are routinely diagnosed through currently available cytogenetic screening techniques in leukemic cells, but there are currently no approved therapies indicated for MLL-r leukemias.
About NPM1c Acute Myeloid Leukemia
NPM1c represents another discrete form of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) distinguished by point mutations in the NPM1 gene that drives the leukemic phenotype. NPM1c is the most common type of cytogenetically normal AML and represents ~30% of all diagnosed AML. This subtype of AML has a poor prognosis, with a 5-year overall survival rate of ~50%. Similar to MLL-r leukemias, NPM1c AML is highly dependent on the expression of specific developmental genes, shown to be negatively impacted by inhibitors of the menin-MLL1 interaction. NPM1c AML is routinely diagnosed through currently available screening techniques in leukemic cells, but there are currently no approved therapies indicated for NPM1c AML.
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