Hsp90 Inhibitors in the Clinic

  • S. Pacey
  • U. Banerj
  • I. Judson
  • P. WorkmanEmail author
Part of the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology book series (HEP, volume 172)


Specific inhibitors of Hsp90 have recently entered human clinical trials. At the time of writing, trials have been initiated only in metastatic cancer, although a rationale exists for using these agents in a variety of human diseases where protein (mis)folding is involved in the disease pathophysiology. Hsp90 inhibitors offer a unique anti-cancer opportunity because they provide simultaneous combinatorial blockade ofmultiple oncogenic pathways. The first compound in this class, 17-AAG, has completed phase I trials and phase II trials are in progress. The toxicity has been manageable and evidence of possible clinical activity has been seen in metastatic melanoma, prostate cancer andmultiplemyeloma. Other inhibitors with improved properties are approaching clinical trials. This chapter presents an update of the current clinical trials using Hsp90 inhibitors, focussing on the areas that will be increasingly relevant in the next 5 years.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Institute of Cancer Research, Haddow LaboratoriesCancer Research UK Centre for Cancer TherapeuticsSutton, SurreyUK
  2. 2.The Royal Marsden Foundation NHS TrustSutton, SurreyUK

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