A new drug, RAD001, has been shown to stop the growth and movement of certain ovarian cancer cells, according to scientists at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. The research was presented today at the 96th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in Anaheim, Calif.
A large percentage of human cancers have high activity levels of an enzyme known as AKT. This enzyme controls a number of cell functions, including cell size, division and response to chemotherapy.
"The AKT signaling pathway is overly active in a wide variety of different cancers, including ovarian carcinoma, so we and others think that this pathway is an attractive target for cancer treatment at the molecular level," said Joseph Testa, Ph.D., director of the Human Genetics Program at Fox Chase. "However, because the AKT pathway is involved in so many cell processes, many of them beneficial, we were looking to control some of the proteins downstream from AKT so we didnt inhibit the good processes."
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