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Addition of Glitazone to Chemo May Help Treat CML

Combining glitazones with standard treatment improved survival in small study

THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with chronic myeloid leukemia who received a glitazone along with imatinib remained disease-free for up to nearly five years in a study published online Sept. 2 in Nature.

Philippe Leboulch, M.D., a professor of medicine and cell biology at the University of Paris, and colleagues temporarily administered pioglitazone in addition to imatinib to three patients with chronic myeloid leukemia.

The researchers note that glitazones are agonists of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPARγ). They report that activation of PPARγ by the glitazones reduces expression of STAT5 and the downstream targets HIF2α5 and CITED26, guardians of the quiescence and stemness of CML leukemia stem cells.

"When pioglitazone was given temporarily to three chronic myeloid leukemia patients in chronic residual disease in spite of continuous treatment with imatinib, all of them achieved sustained complete molecular response, up to 4.7 years after withdrawal of pioglitazone," the authors write. "This suggests that clinically relevant cancer eradication may become a generally attainable goal by combination therapy that erodes the cancer stem cell pool."

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