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Recent Advances in the Research and Development of RAF Kinase Inhibitors

[ Vol. 6 , Issue. 11 ]


Roger A. Smith, Jacques Dumas, Lila Adnane and Scott M. Wilhelm   Pages 1071 - 1089 ( 19 )


The RAS-RAF-MEK-ERK signaling pathway (ERK pathway) plays a key role in tumorigenesis and cancer progression. Mutations of RAS or B-RAF lead to a constitutive activation of the ERK pathway, which ultimately results in increased cell division, and cell survival. This review article focuses on the recent literature related to ERK pathway inhibitors, with a particular emphasis on RAF kinase inhibitors. Preclinical and clinical data for the RAF kinase inhibitor sorafenib (BAY 43-9006 tosylate), that was recently approved in the US for the treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma, are also outlined.


Sorafenib, BAY 43-9006, RAF-1, C-RAF, B-RAF, kinase inhibitor, MAP kinase


Bayer Research Center, 400 Morgan Lane, West Haven, CT 06516, USA.

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