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Blood. 2009 Jan 22;113(4):846-55. doi: 10.1182/blood-2008-04-151928. Epub 2008 Oct 23.

SNX-2112, a selective Hsp90 inhibitor, potently inhibits tumor cell growth, angiogenesis, and osteoclastogenesis in multiple myeloma and other hematologic tumors by abrogating signaling via Akt and ERK.

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  • 1LeBow Institute for Myeloma Therapeutics and Jerome Lipper Myeloma Center, Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


Heat-shock protein 90 (Hsp90) acts as a molecular chaperone required for maintaining the conformational stability of client proteins regulating cell proliferation, survival, and apoptosis. Here we investigate the biologic significance of Hsp90 inhibition in multiple myeloma (MM) and other hematologic tumors using an orally available novel small molecule inhibitor SNX-2112, which exhibits unique activities relative to 17-allyamino-17-demethoxy-geldanamycin (17-AAG). SNX-2112 triggers growth inhibition and is more potent than 17-AAG against MM and other malignancies. It induces apoptosis via caspase-8, -9, -3, and poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase cleavage. SNX-2112 inhibits cytokine-induced Akt and extracellular signal-related kinase (ERK) activation and also overcomes the growth advantages conferred by interleukin-6, insulin-like growth factor-1, and bone marrow stromal cells. Importantly, SNX-2112 inhibits tube formation by human umbilical vein endothelial cells via abrogation of eNOS/Akt pathway and markedly inhibits osteoclast formation via down-regulation of ERK/c-fos and PU.1. Finally, SNX-2112, delivered by its prodrug SNX-5422, inhibits MM cell growth and prolongs survival in a xenograft murine model. Our results indicate that blockade of Hsp90 by SNX-2112 not only inhibits MM cell growth but also acts in the bone marrow microenvironment to block angiogenesis and osteoclastogenesis. Taken together, our data provide the framework for clinical studies of SNX-2112 to improve patient outcome in MM and other hematologic malignancies.

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