NCI Drug Dictionary

The NCI Drug Dictionary contains technical definitions and synonyms for drugs/agents used to treat patients with cancer or conditions related to cancer. Each drug entry includes links to check for clinical trials listed in NCI's List of Cancer Clinical Trials.

light-activated AU-011
A formulation composed of nanoparticles derived from the human papillomavirus (HPV-NPs) and conjugated to the infrared (IR)-activated fluorescent dye IR700 (IR-700), with potential antineoplastic activity. Upon intravitreal injection, the HPV-NPs target and bind to heparan-sulfated proteoglycans (HSPG) expressed by ocular melanoma cells. Upon irradiation with near-IR (NIR) light, the photosensitizer IR700 becomes activated, generates reactive oxygen species (ROS) and selectively damages the melanoma cell membrane, which induces necrosis of the melanoma cells while sparing the surrounding, healthy non-HSPG-expressing tissue, and potentially preserving vision. HSPGs are overexpressed on a variety of cancer cell types. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)

Synonym:HPV-NP AU-011
human papillomavirus virus-like particles conjugated with IR700 dye AU-011
viral nanoparticle conjugates AU-011
VNC AU-011
Code name:AU-011