Researchers Report Thymosin B4 Promotes Spinal Cord Nerve Cell Survival and Neurite OutgrowthBETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 15, 2008 - REGENERX BIOPHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (AMEX:RGN) (www.regenerx.com) reported today that researchers at The Institute of Neuroscience, The Fourth Military Medical University in Xi'an, Shaanxi, PRC found that TB4 significantly enhanced survival of neurons (nerve cells that send electrical signals throughout the body and control muscle movement) and promoted the process of growing neurites, which are tree-like outgrowths of nerve cells that transmit electrical signals. Administering TB4 in vitro had a promotional effect by creating longer and more vigorous outgrowth of the neurites compared to the non-TB4 groups. According to the paper, TB4 exerts its effects on neuron survival and neurites in a dose-dependent manner.
The researchers concluded, "The results may be, in part, due to TB4 regulation of L1 expression. As is well-known, L1 is (an important cell adhesion protein) effective in improving neurite outgrowth and fasciculation (involuntary contracting or twitching of muscle fibers), neuron survival and migration, neuron adhesion as well as synaptic plasticity, and considered to be a potential molecule for nerve regeneration and neurodegenerative diseases." The paper entitled, "The Promotive Effects of Thymosin B4 on Neuronal Survival and Neurite Outgrowth by Upregulating L1 Expression," Yang, et al., was published in the journal, Neurochem Research, May 7, 2008.
"These new data are quite exciting as they appear to confirm similar TB4 activities in other organ systems reported by separate research groups, in particular its ability to increase survival and performance of cardiac cells and corneal epithelial cells. Based on this and previous central nervous system studies with TB4, the use of this peptide, as indicated by the authors of the paper, could expand into potential treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, spinal cord injuries, and possibly nerve regeneration, all of which have very significant unmet medical needs," explained Allan L. Goldstein, Ph.D., Professor and Chairman of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the George Washington University School of Medicine, and Chief Scientific Advisor to RegeneRx.
About RegeneRx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
RegeneRx is focused on the discovery and development of novel molecules to accelerate tissue and organ repair. Currently, RegeneRx is developing three product candidates, RGN-137, RGN-259 and RGN-352 for dermal, ophthalmic, and cardiovascular wound healing, respectively. These product candidates are based on TB4, a 43-amino acid, naturally occurring peptide, in part, under an exclusive world-wide license from the National Institutes of Health. RegeneRx holds over 60 world-wide patents and patent applications related to its technology and is currently sponsoring three Phase II chronic dermal wound healing clinical trials, a Phase II ophthalmic wound healing clinical trial, and a Phase IA parenteral (injectable) clinical trial supporting systemic delivery of RGN-352 for cardiovascular indications.
RegeneRx Technology Backgrounder
TB4 is a synthetic version of a naturally occurring peptide present in virtually all human cells. It is a first-in-class multi-faceted molecule that promotes endothelial cell differentiation, angiogenesis in dermal tissues, keratinocyte migration, collagen deposition, and down-regulates inflammation. RegeneRx has identified several molecular variations of TB4 that may affect the aging of skin, among other properties, and could be important candidates as active ingredients in pharmaceutical and consumer products. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health, and at other academic institutions throughout the U.S., have published numerous scientific articles indicating TB4's in vitro and in vivo efficacy in accelerating wound healing and tissue protection under a variety of conditions. Abstracts of scientific papers related to TB4's mechanisms of action may be viewed at RegeneRx's web page: www.regenerx.com.
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Posted: May 2008