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Aptose Biosciences to Present Preclinical Research Update for APTO-253 at the 56th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting
SAN DIEGO AND TORONTO, Dec. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Aptose Biosciences Inc. (Aptose) (NASDAQ: APTO; TSX: APS), a clinical-stage company developing targeted agents and molecular diagnostics to treat the underlying mechanisms of cancer, today announced that preclinical data for its lead investigational anticancer therapeutic APTO-253 will be presented at the 56th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco, December 6-9, 2014.

At the 2014 ASH meeting, Aptose will present preclinical in vivo data on APTO-253 including studies evaluating activity as a single agent and in combination with azacitidine in murine xenograft AML models. The accepted abstract is available online on the ASH conference website:

Poster Presentation Details

Title: APTO -253 Induces KLF4 to Promote Potent in Vitro Pro-Apoptotic Activity in Hematologic Cancer Cell Lines and Antitumor Efficacy as a Single Agent and in Combination with Azacitidine in Animal Models of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia.

  • Monday, December 8, 2014, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PT
  • Location:  West Building, Level 1 (Moscone Center)
  • Paper # 4813
  • Session: 802. Chemical Biology and Experimental Therapeutics: Poster III

APTO-253 is a clinical-stage small molecule therapeutic that acts through induction of the innate tumor suppressor gene Krüppel-like factor 4 (KLF4), and suppression of KLF4 gene expression has been reported as a key driver in the leukemogenesis of AML and subsets of other hematologic diseases.  Earlier this year, Aptose researchers reported the ability of APTO-253 to induce cell death, or apoptosis, in multiple blood cancer cell lines including AML, as well as in vitro synergy with various classes of conventional approved therapies for AML or myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS).

In a prior single-agent, Phase 1 clinical study, APTO-253 demonstrated antitumor activity and a robust safety profile in patients with solid tumors.

APTO-253 is currently being evaluated in an ongoing open-label, single-agent, dose-escalating Phase 1b clinical trial in patients with relapsed or refractory hematologic malignancies, including AML and high-risk MDS.

About Aptose

Aptose Biosciences is a clinical-stage biotechnology company committed to discovering and developing personalized therapies addressing unmet medical needs in oncology. Aptose is advancing new therapeutics focused on novel cellular targets on the leading edge of cancer research coupled with companion diagnostics to identify the optimal patient population for our products. The company's small molecule cancer therapeutics pipeline includes products designed to provide additive or synergistic efficacy with existing anti-cancer therapies and regimens without overlapping toxicities. For further information, please visit

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