Grant Award Details

Human Pancreatic Cancer Stem Cells: Developing a Novel Drug for Cancer Eradication
Grant Number: 
DISC1-10583
Project Objective: 
  • Human Pancreatic Cancer Stem Cells: Developing a Novel Drug for Cancer Eradication

Investigator: 
Disease Focus: 
Cancer
Pancreatic Cancer
Solid Tumors
Human Stem Cell Use: 
Cancer Stem Cell
Cell Line Generation: 
Cancer Stem Cell
Award Value: 
$303,894
Status: 
Active

Grant Application Details

Application Title: 
  • Human Pancreatic Cancer Stem Cells: Developing a Novel Drug for Cancer Eradication
Public Abstract: 

Research Objective

We will use human pancreatic cancer (PC) stem cells to show 1 inhibits proliferation, self-renewal and cell viability. This paradigm is transformational for anti-cancer drug discovery for patients.

Impact

Pancreatic cancer (PC) kills >40,000/yr in the US. PC is a major unmet medical need. Use of PC stem cells in development of 1 will usher in a new paradigm. 1 may be of great utility with other drugs.

Major Proposed Activities

  • Show 1 potently and selectively reduces self-renewal capacity and cell viability of a human pancreatic cancer stem cell and compare the result with a normal pancreatic cancer cell.
  • Show 1 induces apoptosis of a human pancreatic cancer stem cell line via the intrinsic induced cell death (or apoptosis) pathway.
  • Show effectiveness of 1 as an inhibitor of the KRAS-NF-κB signaling pathway as a mechanism to eradicate human pancreatic cancer stem cell progression relevant to human patients.
  • Summarize the results in a pre-IND report and contact the U.S. FDA. Apply for financial support to do additional IND-enabling studies.
Statement of Benefit to California: 

We will develop a new pancreatic cancer (PC) therapy using PC cancer stem cells. In California, the incidence of PC death is ~5,000/yr. PC incidence is increasing in CA & will be 20% greater in 2020. Therapy for PC is limited to surgery. Combination of chemotherapy & radiation are ineffective. Thus, PC is a major unmet medical need. Successful completion of this work will provide CA citizens much needed advances in PC health technology & improvement in health care & effective anti-cancer drugs.