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Trends Mol Med. 2010 Jan;16(1):37-45. doi: 10.1016/j.molmed.2009.11.005. Epub 2009 Dec 22.

Developing c-MET pathway inhibitors for cancer therapy: progress and challenges.

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Incyte Corporation, Experimental Station, Wilmington, DE 19880, USA.


Successfully developed target-based therapies have significantly changed cancer treatment. Among many targets, the c-MET receptor tyrosine kinase and its ligand hepatocyte growth factor have recently gained considerable attention. The c-MET pathway is dysregulated in most human malignancies, and regulates tumor formation, progression and dissemination, and numerous c-MET pathway inhibitors are currently being evaluated in the clinic. Although some studies have shown impressive evidence of antitumor activity, the data should be interpreted with caution because of the distinct properties of these agents and diverse patient populations studied. Furthermore, in tumor types where patients might benefit from c-MET inhibition, rational combination treatments might ultimately provide maximal clinical benefit. Here, we review the evidence linking c-MET activation to cancer, and discuss the latest progress, opportunities and challenges in the clinical development of c-MET pathway inhibitors.

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