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'Hi-JAK-ing' cancer by inhibiting Jak2

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October 4, 2010
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Journal of Clinical Investigation
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Myeloproliferative neoplasms are a family of blood cancers that if left untreated can progress to bone marrow failure and acute myeloid leukemia. Inhibition of the protein JAK2 has emerged as potential therapy. However, this approach has thus far had limited success and been accompanied by significant toxicity. New research in mice suggests that JAK2 activity can be reduced by pharmacological targeting of the protein HSP90, which stabilizes JAK2.

Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) comprise a family of blood cancers characterized by clonal expansion of a single blood cell type. Untreated, these cancers can progress to bone marrow failure and acute myeloid leukemia.

Several groups have identified activating mutations in the JAK2 gene as associated with MPN; JAK2 inhibition has therefore emerged as approach to MPN therapy. Thus far, however, JAK2 inhibition strategies have had limited efficacy and have been accompanied by significant toxicity.

In a new paper, Ross Levine and his group at the Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center, New York, describe an indirect approach to reducing JAK2 activity by pharmacologically targeting HSP90, a protein that stabilizes JAK2. Inhibiting HSP90 normalized blood counts and improved survival in two mouse models of MPN, and the treatment promoted JAK2 degradation in samples from MPN patients.

The authors believe that targeting HSP90, perhaps in combination with JAK2 inhibition, may be the way forward in the treatment of patients with MPN.

The research is published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.


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  1. Sachie Marubayashi, Priya Koppikar, Tony Taldone, Omar Abdel-Wahab, Nathan West, Neha Bhagwat, Eloisi Caldas-Lopes, Kenneth N. Ross, Mithat Gφnen, Alex Gozman, James H. Ahn, Anna Rodina, Ouathek Ouerfelli, Guangbin Yang, Cyrus Hedvat, James E. Bradner, Gabriela Chiosis and Ross L. Levine. HSP90 is a therapeutic target in JAK2-dependent myeloproliferative neoplasms in mice and humans. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 2010; DOI: 10.1172/JCI42442

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