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Acta Haematol. 2013;129(4):207-14. doi: 10.1159/000345260. Epub 2013 Jan 3.

Recent advancements of bortezomib in acute lymphocytic leukemia treatment.

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  • 1Department of Hematology, The Affiliated Hospital of Zunyi Medical College, Zunyi, Guizhou 563003, China.


Although survival rates for acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), especially in children, have shown dramatic improvement over time, poor outcomes are still observed in patients who have refractory or relapsed disease after conventional chemotherapy. New therapeutic options are urgently needed. Bortezomib (Velcade, formerly PS-341) is the first proteasome inhibitor approved by the US FDA for the treatment of newly diagnosed multiple myeloma and relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma and mantle cell lymphoma. Although the mechanisms of bortezomib anticancer activity are still not completely understood, it is a new treatment option for patients with refractory or relapsed ALL, particularly when used in combination with conventional chemotherapy or targeted agents. This review summarizes recent advancements in the understanding of the bortezomib molecular mechanism of action in ALL. Understanding of the molecular approaches might help customize cancer chemotherapy for each individual patient, directing the field towards rational therapeutics.

Copyright © 2013 S. Karger AG, Basel.

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