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GLL398, an oral selective estrogen receptor degrader (SERD), blocks tumor growth in xenograft breast cancer models

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Selective estrogen receptor degrader (SERD) has proven clinically effective in treating advanced or metastatic breast cancer since the approval of fulvestrant by FDA in 2002. Recent expansion of indications as a first line monotherapy and as combination therapy with CDK4/6 inhibitors further extends its clinical utility as an efficacious breast cancer endocrine regimen. However, the poor pharmacokinetic properties of fulvestrant and its injection-only administration route has driven continued efforts to develop orally bioavailability SERD that could potentially improve clinical response to SERD treatment. GLL398, a boron-modified GW5638 analog, showed superior oral bioavailability, while retaining both antiestrogenic activity and ER degrading efficacy at a potency level comparable to the more active metabolite of GW5638, GW7604.


Here we used molecular modeling, ER (Y537S) binding assay, MCF-7 Xenograft tumor, and patient-derived xenograft (PDX) tumor model to conduct further studies on the pharmacology and metabolism of GLL398.


Consistent with GLL398's robust activities in breast cancer cells that either are tamoxifen resistant or express constitutively active, mutant ESR1 (Y537S), it was found to bind the mutant ERY537S with high affinity. Molecular modeling of the binding mode of GLL398 to ER also found its molecular interactions consistent with the experimentally determined high binding affinity towards WT ER and ERY537S. To test the in vivo efficacy of GLL398, mice bearing MCF-7-derived xenograft breast tumors and patient-derived xenograft tumors harboring ERY537S were treated with GLL398 which potently inhibited tumor growth in mice.


This study demonstrates GLL398 is an oral SERD that has therapeutic efficacy in clinically relevant breast tumor models.

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This study was supported in part by NIH grants U54MD007595 from NIMHD, 1R43CA213462, and 2R44CA213462 from NCI, and by Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium (LCRC).

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Guo, S., Zhang, C., Mottamal, M. et al. GLL398, an oral selective estrogen receptor degrader (SERD), blocks tumor growth in xenograft breast cancer models. Breast Cancer Res Treat (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10549-020-05558-w

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  • Oral SERD
  • Breast cancer
  • PDX breast tumor model
  • Mutant ESR1
  • Y537S