June 23, 2016 – New Compound Shows Potential for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Researchers at the University of Michigan have identified a promising new compound for targeting one of the most aggressive types of breast cancer.
The compound, currently called UM-164, goes after a kinase known to play a role in the growth and spread of triple-negative breast cancer. UM-164 blocks the kinase c-Src and inhibits another pathway, p38, involved in this subtype. The researchers also found that the compound had very few side effects in mice.
“Triple-negative breast cancer is in dire need of new drugs. The treatments that have dramatically improved breast cancer outcomes don’t apply to patients with this type of disease,” says senior study author Sofia Merajver, M.D., Ph.D., scientific director of the breast oncology program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.