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Pacylex Pharmaceuticals Announces Publication in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment of a New Target for Therapeutic Intervention in Breast Cancer and Preclinical Results of a First-in-Class Therapy

Publication in "Breast Cancer Research and Treatment"
Pacylex builds on earlier results showing potential for an NMT inhibitor in lymphoma.

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, January 6, 2021 - Pacylex Pharmaceuticals, an oncology company unlocking a new approach to cancer therapy, today announced the publication in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment data showing treatment with an N-myristoyltransferase (NMT) inhibitor reduces viability of cultured breast cancer cells and inhibits tumor growth in a mouse xenograft mouse model of human breast cancer. Pacylex is developing this NMT inhibitor, PCLX-001, as a first in class therapy for various leukemias and lymphomas and also plans to study its effects on various solid tumors.

“Despite the critical role myristoylation plays in cell survival, NMT1 and NMT2 protein levels have never been systematically studied in a large series of human cancers,” said John Mackey, MD, Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Pacylex and first author on the paper. “Not only did we find a relationship between NMT2 levels and patient survival, but an NMT inhibitor was generally effective against breast cancer cell lines and inhibited human breast cancers grown in mice.”

Dr. Mackey and colleagues studied the abundance and distribution of NMT1 and NMT2 proteins in normal breast tissue and a large cohort of primary breast adenocarcinomas from a prospective phase III clinical trial (n=706). NMT1 protein was observed in normal and most transformed breast epithelial tissue and was associated with better overall histologic grade, higher Ki67, and lower hormone expression. Though NMT2 protein was readily detected in normal breast epithelial tissue, it was undetectable in the majority of breast cancers. Detectable NMT2 protein correlated with significantly worse overall survival.

This extends the proof-of-concept for NMT inhibitors as potential cancer therapeutics for blood cancers, recently published in Nature Communications, to solid tumors as well, and supports the continued preparation for the first human clinical trial set to begin in early 2021. Both lymphoma and solid tumor patients including breast cancer will be enrolled in this initial study.

A link to the publication "N-myristoyltransferase proteins in breast cancer: prognostic relevance and validation as a new drug target" can be accessed here. The Alberta Cancer Foundation and the Cure Cancer Foundation both provided support for this research.

PCLX-001

PCLX-001 is a small molecule, first-in-class myristoylation inhibitor, originally developed by the University of Dundee Drug Discovery Unit as part of a program to treat African sleeping sickness funded by Wellcome Trust. Pacylex is developing PCLX-001, which has very good oral bioavailabilty, to treat cancers low in N-myristoyltransferase 2 (NMT2), a myristoylation enzyme whose deficiency is associated with higher mortality in leukemia and lymphoma. PCLX-001 selectively kills cancer cells and completely regresses (eliminates) tumors in animal models of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and Burkitt’s lymphoma (BL). PCLX-001 has also been shown to inhibit the growth of lung and breast cancer tumors in animal models. In tests using cultured cancer cells in vitro, PCLX-001 is at least ten times as potent as Ibrutinib (Imbruvica) and Dasatinib (Sprycel), two clinically approved drugs currently used to treat hematologic malignancies.

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About Pacylex
Pacylex is a pre-clinical pharmaceutical company targeting hematologic cancers with a new first-in-class therapeutic, and is headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Pacylex’s technology combines new insights from Dr. Luc Berthiaume of the University of Alberta, connecting myristoylation to cancer, with a family of high quality myristoylation inhibitors Pacylex licensed from the University of Dundee in 2015. PCLX-001 is the lead drug in a new class of NMT inhibitors, enabling us to exploit NMTs as new clinical targets for cancer treatment. Pacylex completed GLP toxicology on PCLX-001 and expects to file soon for regulatory authorization to commence clinical studies in Canada in early 2021 in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and solid tumors.
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Key Takeaways
  • Pacylex is developing PCLX-001, which has very good oral bioavailability, to treat cancers low in N-myristoyltransferase 2 (NMT2)
  • Data published in Nature Communications shows NMT inhibitor effective against many cancer cell lines, especially blood cancers including lymphoma and leukemia
  • Newly published data expands target for treatment with an N-myristoyltransferase (NMT) inhibitor reduces viability of cultured breast cancer cells and inhibits tumor growth
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