Available for licensing from the Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a novel gene signature of thirty-seven drug-responsive genes that links changes in gene expression to the clinically desirable outcome of improved overall survival. Expression of these genes has been linked to prognosis in several cancers, including, but not limited to: multiple myeloma, melanoma, and lung and breast cancers. Patients identified by this signature would be predicted to benefit from combined HDAC inhibitor/mTOR inhibitor therapy.
- Implements a smaller gene set compared to current diagnostic gene signatures.
- Provides a basis for the development of a diagnostic for patient stratification or a response measurement related to the combined use of mTOR and HDAC inhibitors for cancer treatment.
- Development of a clinical diagnostic test to identify cancer patients who would benefit most from mTOR and HDAC combination therapy.
- Use as a surrogate biomarker related to drug response.
- Development of therapeutics targeting several cancers, including multiple myeloma.