Spotlight on ixazomib: potential in the treatment of multiple myeloma

Drug Des Devel Ther. 2016 Jan 11:10:217-26. doi: 10.2147/DDDT.S93602. eCollection 2016.


Despite the significant therapeutic advances achieved with proteasome inhibitors (PIs) such as bortezomib and carfilzomib in prolonging the survival of patients with multiple myeloma, the development of drug resistance, peripheral neuropathy, and pharmacokinetic limitations continue to pose major challenges when using these compounds. Ixazomib is a second-generation PI with improved activity over other PIs. Unlike bortezomib and carfilzomib, which are administered by injection, ixazomib is the first oral PI approved by US Food and Drug Administration. This review discusses the biochemical properties, mechanisms of action, preclinical efficacy, and clinical trial results leading to the US Food and Drug Administration approval of ixazomib.

Keywords: biological mechanism; clinical trials; oral administration; proteasome inhibitor.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antineoplastic Agents / pharmacology
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Boron Compounds / pharmacology
  • Boron Compounds / therapeutic use*
  • Drug Approval
  • Drug Resistance, Neoplasm
  • Glycine / analogs & derivatives*
  • Glycine / pharmacology
  • Glycine / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Multiple Myeloma / drug therapy*
  • Multiple Myeloma / pathology
  • Proteasome Inhibitors / pharmacology
  • Proteasome Inhibitors / therapeutic use
  • Survival Rate


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Boron Compounds
  • Proteasome Inhibitors
  • ixazomib
  • Glycine