In 2014, olaparib (Lynparza) became the first PARP (Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase) inhibitor to be approved for the treatment of cancer. When used as single agents, PARP inhibitors can selectively target tumour cells with BRCA1 or BRCA2 tumour suppressor gene mutations through synthetic lethality. However, PARP inhibition also shows considerable promise when used together with other therapeutic agents. Here, we summarise both the pre-clinical and clinical evidence for the utility of such combinations and discuss the future prospects and challenges for PARP inhibitor combinatorial therapies.
Keywords: BRCA1; BRCA2; Drug combinations; PARP inhibitor.
Copyright Â© 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.