GMC1 has been designed to inhibit a new pharmacologic target, the FKBP52 co-chaperone, which is critical to Androgen Receptor (AR) signaling important in prostate and breast cancers
Investigational GMC1 is a FKBP52 co-chaperone-inhibitor being evaluated for prostate cancer. GMC1 has been designed to engage a new pharmacologic target (FKBP52) to inhibit AR signaling. FKBP52 is a cofactor required for stabilization and activity of AR. GMC1 binding to FKBP52 and prevents AR-regulated gene expression and tumor cell growth. “Indirect” inhibition of AR-signaling is not thought to be affected by resistance mechanisms common to standard-of-care drugs for prostate cancer.
FKBP52 is a TPR (tetratricopeptide repeat) domain-containing co-chaperone that plays a critical role in the chaperone dependent folding of steroid hormone receptors (SHRs) into their functionally mature conformations necessary for hormone binding. Given the functional roles of FKBP52 in receptor-specific phenotypes, and its direct participation in the aberrant AR hyperactivity observed in prostate cancer, FKBP52 has been designed to be a novel therapeutic target with the potential to treat castration-resistant prostate cancer, thereby filling a major unmet need in treatment. FKBP52 is thought to act as a specific positive regulator of AR, PR, and GR functions through the interaction of the proline-rich loop with the ligand binding domain (LBD) of the SHRs.
MAIA Biotech aims to identify an optimized lead compound for advancement into IND-enabling studies in 2021.
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