[Source: PRNewswire-FirstCall] – Systems Medicine, LLC (SM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (CTI) (Nasdaq and MTA: CTIC), presented data from a preclinical study, which utilized RNA interference (RNAi) and bioinformatics to identify genetic markers – “contexts of vulnerability” – that enhance the anti-tumor response to the experimental drug candidate brostallicin, at the 2009 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. “Contexts of vulnerability” refers to the genetic configuration in a patient’s tumor that makes it susceptible to a specific drug thus providing the genetic rationale for targeted therapy. The study’s objective was to identify molecular determinants of brostallicin’s anti-tumor response that could guide clinical development and drug combination studies by incorporating an integrated pharmacogenomics approach. The study was conducted by SM in collaboration with the Translational Genomics Research Institute’s Pharmaceutical Genomics Division in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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