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Cancer Res. 1999 Mar 15;59(6):1231-5.

Correlation of antiangiogenic and antitumor efficacy of N-biphenyl sulfonyl-phenylalanine hydroxiamic acid (BPHA), an orally-active, selective matrix metalloproteinase inhibitor.

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  • 1Discovery Research Laboratories, Shionogi and Company, Ltd., Osaka, Japan.


The antiangiogenic activity and antitumor efficacy of a newly developed matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) inhibitor were examined. N-biphenyl sulfonyl-phenylalanine hydroxiamic acid (BPHA) potently inhibits MMP-2, -9, and -14, but not MMP-1, -3, or -7. In contrast, (-)BPHA, an enantiomer of BPHA, was inactive against all MMPs tested. Daily oral administration of 200 mg/kg BPHA, but not (-)BPHA in mice resulted in potent inhibition of tumor-induced angiogenesis, primary tumor growth, and liver metastasis. The growth inhibition activity of BPHA was 48% and 45% in a B16-BL6 melanoma and F2 hemangio-endothelioma model, respectively. BPHA also showed 42% inhibition of the liver metastasis of C-1H human colon carcinoma cells. These results indicate that selective MMP inhibition is correlated with antiangiogenic and antitumor efficacy and that the selective MMP inhibitor BPHA has therapeutic potential.

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