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Clinical Trials Exploring RET
An investigational, oral, and selective inhibitor in clinical development for the treatment of patients with cancers that harbor abnormalities in the rearranged during transfection (RET) kinase.
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Phase 1/2 Study of LOXO-292 in Patients With Advanced Solid Tumors, RET Fusion-Positive Solid Tumors, and Medullary Thyroid Cancer
This is a phase 1/2, open-label, first-in-human study designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics (PK) and preliminary anti-tumor activity of LOXO-292 administered orally to patients with advanced solid tumors, including RET fusion-positive non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), medullary thyroid cancer (MTC), and other tumors with increased RET activity.See Trial Information and Study Locations
About RET Alterations
RET kinase is a transmembrane receptor tyrosine kinase.1 RET kinase plays an essential role during the development and maintenance of a broad range of tissues, including neural and genitourinary tissues.1-7 Normally, RET signaling activates cellular proliferation, survival, invasion, and migration pathways in a tightly regulated way.1
Oncogenic alterations to the RET proto-oncogene, which include RET rearrangements (leading to RET fusions) and activating point mutations, occur across multiple tumor types with varying prevalence.8-15
- RET fusions can occur with a variety of fusion partners, with the most common being KIF5B and CCDC6 in NSCLC and CCDC6 and NCOA4 in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC)1,14-16
- RET point mutations account for approximately 60% of sporadic MTC and >90% of inherited familial MTC17-25
Each of these alterations result in overactive or constitutively active RET activity, which prompts uncontrolled cell growth and may also enhance a tumor’s invasiveness.1,20,26,27 Other cancers with documented RET alterations include colorectal, breast, and several hematologic malignancies.8,13,14,27-32
For additional information about the LOXO-292 clinical trial, please refer to clinicaltrials.gov.
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