Novel targeted drugs for the treatment of multiple myeloma: from bench to bedside

Leukemia. 2005 Oct;19(10):1729-38. doi: 10.1038/sj.leu.2403905.


Multiple myeloma remains an incurable plasma cell neoplasm. New insights into its pathogenesis have identified signaling pathways that have become potential therapeutic targets. It has clearly been established that intracellular regulatory proteins and interactions between malignant plasma cells and the bone marrow microenvironment play an important role in their survival and drug resistance. Several new agents associated with molecular targets are currently being investigated to design new treatment strategies aimed at prolonging survival and improving quality of life. This review illustrates their mechanisms of action and the possible future clinical applications.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Multiple Myeloma / drug therapy*


  • Antineoplastic Agents