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Synergistic DNA-damaging effect in multiple myeloma with the combination of zalypsis, bortezomib and dexamethasone

Jan 1, 2017 | Magazine: Haematologica

Ana-Alicia López-Iglesias  1 , Lorena González-Méndez  1 , Laura San-Segundo  1 , Ana B Herrero  1 , Susana Hernández-García  1 , Montserrat Martín-Sánchez  1 , Norma C Gutiérrez  1 , Teresa Paíno  1 , Pablo Avilés  2 , María-Victoria Mateos  1 , Jesús F San-Miguel  3 , Mercedes Garayoa  1 , Enrique M Ocio  4


Despite new advances in multiple myeloma treatment and the consequent improvement in overall survival, most patients relapse or become refractory to treatment.

This suggests that new molecules and combinations that may further inhibit important survival pathways for these tumor cells are needed. In this context, zalypsis is a novel compound, derived from marine organisms, with a powerful preclinical anti-myeloma effect based on the sensitivity of malignant plasma cells to DNA-damage induction; and it has already been tested in a phase I/II clinical trial in multiple myeloma.

We hypothesized that the addition of this compound to the combination of bortezomib plus dexamethasone may improve efficacy with acceptable toxicity. The triple combination demonstrated strong synergy and higher efficacy compared with double combinations; not only in vitro, but also ex vivo and, especially, in in vivo experiments.

The triple combination triggers cell death, mainly through a synergistic induction of DNA damage and a decrease in the nuclear localization of nuclear factor kappa B.

Our findings support the clinical evaluation of this combination for relapsed and refractory myeloma patients.

CITA DEL ARTÍCULO  Haematologica. 2017 Jan;102(1):168-175.  doi: 10.3324/haematol.2016.146076. Epub 2016 Aug 18.