HOUSTON, Sept. 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Salarius Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: SLRX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing potential new drugs for patients with childhood cancer, solid tumors and other cancers, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital announced today that an abstract has been accepted by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) for poster presentation at the 2021 AACR-NCI-EORTC Virtual International Conference on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics. The abstract highlights research into the ability of Salarius’ lead drug candidate, seclidemstat (SP-2577), to target FET rearranged sarcomas through the inhibition of the non-enzymatic function (ie, scaffolding function) of the LSD1 enzyme. The conference will take place virtually from October 7-10, 2021.
The title and authors of the abstract from Salarius and Nationwide Children’s Hospital are as follows:
Summary title: Targeting the function of LSD1 protein scaffold in FET rearranged sarcomas with SP-2577
Summary authors: Galen Rask, Research Assistant, National Children’s Hospital; Emily Theisen, Ph.D., principal investigator, The Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute, Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Aundrietta Duncan, Ph.D., director of non-clinical development, Salarius Pharmaceuticals; Daniela Santiesteban, Ph.D., director of business development, Salarius Pharmaceuticals
“Inhibition of LSD1 is a growing area of cancer drug development research, and we are pleased that research underscoring our decision to expand seclidemstat’s clinical program to FET sarcomas will be the subject of a poster presentation at the AACR -NCI-EORTC 2021,” said David Arthur, CEO of Salarius Pharmaceuticals. “We believe that seclidemstat targets both the enzymatic activity and non-enzymatic activities of LSD1 and provides a differentiated mechanism of action that more potently inhibits the cancer-promoting properties of LSD1 and could provide differentiated therapeutic activity in different cancers.”
dr. Theisen stated: “We are excited to participate in research on the activity of seclidemstat in FET-rearranged sarcomas. Malignancies caused by gene expression due to epigenome dysregulation are therapeutically targeted, and the inhibition of LSD1 is a promising area of research. We look forward to future developments that bring new therapies to patients and their families.”
Salarius is conducting a Phase 1/2 clinical trial evaluating patients with myxoid liposarcoma and other FET-rearranged sarcomas treated with seclidemstat as monotherapy. The same study is also evaluating seclidemstat in combination with the chemotherapy agents topotecan and cyclophosphamide as a potential second- and third-line therapy for Ewing’s sarcoma. More recently, Salarius expanded into hematologic cancers, with the MD Anderson Cancer Center activating an investigator-initiated phase 1/2 clinical trial evaluating seclidemstat in combination with azacitidine.
The titles of all abstracts accepted for presentation at the conference are currently available on the AACR website at https://www.aacr.org/meeting/aacr-nci-eortc-international-conference-on-molecular-targets- and cancer therapeutics/. The full abstracts, including the dates and times of presentations, are scheduled for release on October 7, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. ET.
About the national children’s hospital
Named in the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-22 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest nonprofit freestanding pediatric health care systems offering wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment provide and rehabilitation care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has more than 13,000 employees who provide state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.6 million patient visits per year. Home to the Ohio State University College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, National Pediatricians educate the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.
About Salarius Pharmaceuticals
Salarius Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing cancer therapies for patients in need of new treatment options. Salarius’ lead candidate, seclidemstat, is under investigation as a potential treatment for childhood cancer, sarcomas and other cancers with limited treatment options. Seclidemstat is currently in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial for relapsed/refractory Ewing sarcoma and is selecting additional sarcomas that have a similar biology to Ewing sarcoma, also known as Ewing-related or FET rearranged sarcomas. Seclidemstat has received the Fast Track Designation, Orphan Drug Designation, and Rare Pediatric Disease Designation for Ewing sarcoma from the US Food and Drug Administration. Salarius is also developing seclidemstat for several cancers of high unmet medical need, with a second phase 1/2 clinical trial in hematologic cancers. Salarius has received funding from the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation to advance the clinical program for Ewing sarcoma and also received a Product Development Award from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). For more information, visit salariuspharma.com or follow Salarius on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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