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Masitinib: Targeted Therapy For Cancers, Inflammatory Diseases And Neurological Indications

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September 29, 2009
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Scientists have characterized the pharmacological profile of masitinib, a novel tyrosine kinase inhibitor that targets the stem cell factor, PDGFR and Lyn. Masitinib is the active pharmacological ingredient of the first ever registered veterinary anticancer drug, Masivet.

In new research published in the open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journal PLoS One, Dr Patrice Dubreuil and colleagues characterise the pharmacological profile of masitinib (AB1010), a novel tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) that targets the stem cell factor (KIT), PDGFR and Lyn. Masitinib is the active pharmacological ingredient of the first ever registered veterinary anticancer drug, Masivet® (1).

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The main cellular targets of masitinib are mast cells, meaning this drug also has many potential non-oncology applications. Indeed, Masivet® is in phase II/III trials for canine atopic dermatitis, inflammatory bowel disease and arthritis; as well as feline asthma. Additionally, promising results have been reported from human clinical trials of masitinib in rheumatoid arthritis (2), asthma (3) and mastocytosis.

Patrice Dubreuil from INSERM worked with scientists from several French research institutes and hospitals to carry out this work. He said, "This study shows that masitinib targets cell receptors known to be involved in various disease processes but due to its selectivity profile, it does not affect those associated with toxicity. In vitro, masitinib had greater activity and selectivity against KIT than the benchmark TKI, imatinib. Masitinib also more strongly inhibited mast cell degranulation, cytokine production, and migration than imatinib. In vivo, we show that masitinib can block tumour growth in mice".

Alain Moussy from AB Science, a pharmaceutical company which is developing masitinib for multiple indications in human and animal medicine, commented, "This is an important paper for us, being the cornerstone publication of masitinib's inhibitory profile". Speaking about the drug's future development, he said, "Masitinib is in numerous phase II/III clinical trials for both human and veterinary medicine. We anticipate that masitinib will be effective for the treatment of KIT and PDGFR-dependent diseases, which include various cancers, inflammatory diseases, and neurological indications, and that it will have a better safety profile, especially regarding cardiotoxicity and carcinogenicity, than other KIT inhibitors."

End notes:

(1) J Vet Intern Med 2008; 22: 1301-1309.

(2) Arthritis Res Ther 2009; 11:R95 doi:10.1186/ar2740.

(3) Allergy 2009; 64: 1194-1201.

This work was supported in part by funds from: INSERM (Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale); la Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer "equipe labellisee (P.D.)"; and the "Agence Nationale pour la Recherche", RIB project, France. Financial support for these studies was also provided by AB Science S.A. The sponsor was involved in the study design, data collection, analysis and interpretation, manuscript preparation and in the decision to submit the manuscript.

Competing interests: This study was financially supported by AB Science, S.A., Paris, France. AB Science is the proprietary holder of masitinib. Masitinib is under clinical development by AB Science. P.D., S.L., M.C., L.G., M.H., N.C., B.H., A.L., C.A., P.S.L., C.D.M. and A.M. are employees of the study sponsor, AB Science. M.C., M.A. and O.H. are scientific advisors to the study sponsor, AB Science. P.D., M.C., L.G., M.H., A.L., A.M. and O.H. are shareholders of the study sponsor, AB Science. M.C., A.L. and A.M. are applicants on numerous patents pertaining to masitinib.


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  1. Dubreuil P, Letard S, Ciufolini M, Gros L, Humbert M, et al. Masitinib (AB1010), a Potent and Selective Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor Targeting KIT. PLoS ONE, 4(9): e7258 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0007258

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