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Enasidenib (INN; trade name Idhifa) is a drug used to treat relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia in people with specific mutations of the isocitrate dehydrogenase 2 (IDH2) gene, determined by an FDA-approved IDH2 companion diagnostic test. It is an inhibitor of IDH2. It was developed by Agios Pharmaceuticals and is licensed to Celgene for further development.
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Isocitrate dehydrogenase is a critical enzyme in the citric acid cycle. Mutated forms of IDH produce high levels of the (R)-enantiomer of 2-hydroxyglutarate (R-2-HG) and can contribute to the growth of tumors. IDH1 catalyzes this reaction in the cytoplasm, while IDH2 catalyzes this reaction in mitochondria. Mutations of IDH2 are more common than IDH1 mutations, 8 to 19% compared to 7 to 14% respectively, in those affected with AML. Enasidenib disrupts this cycle by decreasing total (R)-2-HG levels in the mitochondria.[medical citation needed]
Agios Pharmaceuticals was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2008.
The drug was discovered in 2009 by scientists at Agoios and the development names for the drug was AG-221 and CC-90007.
The first Phase I studies of enasidenib were conducted in 2013.
The FDA granted fast track designation and orphan drug status for acute myeloid leukemia in 2014. The fast track designation allows this drug to be developed in what in markedly less than the average 14 years it takes for a drug to be developed and approved.
Enasidenib was approved by the FDA in August 2017 for relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in people with specific mutations of the IDH2 gene, determined by an FDA-approved IDH2 companion diagnostic test. The trade name under which it was approved was Idhifa.
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