Tyrosine kinase inhibitors have revolutionized the world of cancer treatment in recent years, profoundly improving survival of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and beyond. However, off-target toxicities of these inhibitors are well-described, and resistance has become a paramount concern. Novel allosteric inhibitors of the Abelson (ABL) family of tyrosine kinases, including GNF-2, GNF-5, and ABL-001, are equipped to overcome these issues. Several contemporary studies have demonstrated their potential efficacy in three key areas: primary hematologic and solid malignancies, metastasis, and combination with other small molecules. Further, ongoing clinical trials are investigating the efficacy of ABL-001 for the treatment of CML and recurrent solid tumors. This work reviews the current literature of the preclinical testing of GNF-2 and GNF-5 and the preclinical and clinical testing of ABL-001. Future research will continue to evaluate these promising inhibitors as both first-line therapy for solid tumors and salvage therapy when more traditional drugs such as imatinib fail.
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