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Pasireotide (SOM230): Development, mechanism of action and potential applications.

Schmid, Herbert (2008) Pasireotide (SOM230): Development, mechanism of action and potential applications. Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, 286 (1-2). pp. 69-74. ISSN 0303-7207


Pasireotide (SOM230) is a multi-receptor ligand somatostatin analogue with high binding affinity for somatostatin receptor subtypes sst(1,2,3) and sst(5). Pasireotide potently suppresses GH, IGF-I and ACTH secretion, indicating potential efficacy in acromegaly and Cushing's disease. The prolonged inhibition of hormone secretion by pasireotide in animal models and expression of multiple sst receptors in carcinoid tumors suggests that pasireotide may have clinical advantages over octreotide in patients with carcinoid tumors. Direct and indirect antitumor activity has been observed in vitro with pasireotide, including sst receptor-mediated apoptosis and antiangiogenesis, suggesting a possible role for pasireotide in antineoplastic therapy. In summary, preclinical evidence, as well as preliminary results from clinical studies suggests that pasireotide is a promising new treatment for patients with symptoms of metastatic carcinoid tumors refractory or resistant to octreotide, de novo or persistent acromegaly, and that pasireotide has the potential to be the first directed medical therapy for Cushing's disease.

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Keywords: Pasireotide; SOM230; Acromegaly; Carcinoid tumors; Cushing's disease
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Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2009 13:53
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2013 01:06