Fragment of RegeneRx?s T?4 Inhibits Activation of Liver Cells Responsible Fibrosis & Scar Formation
In Vitro Studies Have Important Clinical Implications
ROCKVILLE, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 11, 2011 - RegeneRx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: RGRX) (“the Company” or “RegeneRx”) has announced that researchers have found that a fragment of Tβ4 has the ability to inhibit a type of liver cell responsible for fibrosis and scar formation by blocking the binding of AKT to actin. AKT is an important enzyme that regulates cell death; actin is responsible for cell contraction and movement. The molecule responsible for this activity is a seven amino acid fragment of Tβ4 known to be the acting binding domain of Tβ4.
According to the researchers these data make possible the development of a novel therapeutic that can specifically identify and target cells responsible for the excessive scarring seen in liver diseases such as cirrhosis, as well as potential pathologies of the lungs, kidneys and other organs.
The research team was led by Dr. Marcos Rojkind of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The George Washington University School of Medicine. The research results will be reported at the annual meeting of the American Society for Investigative Pathology held with the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology (FASEB) on Tuesday, April 12, 2011.
About RegeneRx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (www.regenerx.com)
RegeneRx is focused on the development of a novel therapeutic peptide, Thymosin beta 4, or Tβ4, for tissue and organ protection, repair and regeneration. RegeneRx currently has three drug candidates in clinical development and has an extensive worldwide patent portfolio covering its product candidates.
RGN-259 is a sterile, preservative-free topical eye drop for ophthalmic indications. Based on recent human clinical data, RegeneRx is currently supporting a physician-sponsored Phase 2 dry eye study with RGN-259 and has completed to animal studies showing RGN-259’s positive effects on dry eye symptoms. Previously, seven patients with non-healing corneal ulcers were treated with RGN-259 under compassionate use INDs. Five had complete healing and two had substantial healing of their wounds. Three additional patients with corneal defects, called punctate keratitis, had no evidence of healing although they did report reduction in eye inflammation and increased comfort.
RGN-352 is an injectable formulation to treat cardiovascular and central nervous system diseases, as well as other medical indications. RegeneRx has successfully completed a Phase 1 clinical trial with RGN-352 in which the drug candidate was found to be safe and well-tolerated. The Company has initiated a Phase 2 clinical trial at approximately 20 clinical sites in the U.S., Israel, and Russia, although this trial is currently on an FDA-imposed clinical hold. RegeneRx recently received a $3 million, three-year development grant from the NIH to support the company's acute myocardial infarction program.
RGN-137, a topical gel formulation, is currently being evaluated by RegeneRx in a Phase 2 clinical trial for the treatment of the orphan skin disease epidermolysis bullosa. Other potential uses for RGN-137 include the treatment of chronic dermal wounds and reduction of scar tissue.
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Posted: April 2011