CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: IDRA) announced today that it is presenting data on IMO-3100, an antagonist of TLR7 and TLR9, in a preclinical model of lupus showing that treatment with IMO-3100 suppressed several key disease progression parameters. The presentation, entitled “Treatment with IMO-3100, a novel TLR7 and TLR9 antagonist, inhibits disease development in lupus prone NZBW/F1 mice,” is being made at the Keystone Symposia: Dendritic Cells and the Initiation of Adaptive Immunity being held February 12-17, 2011 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“In this study, IMO-3100, Idera’s proprietary dual antagonist of TLR7 and TLR9, was shown to suppress multiple key markers of lupus,” commented Nicola La Monica, Ph.D., Vice President, Biology of Idera Pharmaceuticals. “These results are consistent with the extensive body of scientific literature suggesting the important role of TLR7 and TLR9 in the progression of lupus.”
In the study presented today, IMO-3100 was evaluated at increasing dose levels in NZBW/F1 mice, a strain of mice which are prone to develop a lupus-like autoimmune disease. Treatment was initiated in a therapeutic setting at 21 weeks of age, after detection of anti-DNA antibodies in these mice. Weekly doses of IMO-3100 were administered subcutaneously for 13 weeks. Disease progression was assessed on a weekly basis by monitoring serum anti-DNA antibody levels, blood urea nitrogen (BUN) levels and urine protein levels. Histopathology analysis of selected organs was performed at least two weeks after the last dose of IMO-3100.
IMO-3100 treatment led to a dose-dependent reduction in serum anti-DNA antibody levels, BUN levels and urine protein levels. Histological evaluation of the kidneys showed IMO-3100 treatment led to dose-dependent reduction in disease-associated kidney damage. Histopathology of organs of IMO-3100-treated mice showed reduction in lymphoid hyperplasia. IMO-3100 treatment also led to dose-dependent reduction in serum cholesterol levels.
Authors of the presentation are Fu-Gang Zhu, Ph.D., Dong Yu, Ph.D., Ekambar R. Kandimalla, Ph.D., Nicola La Monica, Ph.D., and Sudhir Agrawal, D.Phil.
IMO-3100, an antagonist of TLR7 and TLR9, is a lead clinical candidate in development to treat autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Independent research studies suggest that pro-inflammatory cytokines characteristic of autoimmune disease are induced through activation of TLR7 and TLR9. IMO-3100 is designed to block production of multiple pro-inflammatory cytokines induced through TLR7 and TLR9. In contrast, many current autoimmune disease treatments aim to block the activity of individual cytokines. IMO-3100 has demonstrated potent activity in reducing pathologic and immunologic manifestations in preclinical mouse models of diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and hyperlipidemia. Phase 1 clinical trials of IMO-3100, including an escalating single-dose study and a multiple-dose study, have been conducted in healthy subjects.
About Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Idera Pharmaceuticals develops drug candidates to treat chronic hepatitis C virus infection, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, cancer, and respiratory diseases, and for use as vaccine adjuvants. The company's proprietary drug candidates are designed to modulate specific Toll-like Receptors, which are a family of immune system receptors. Idera's pioneering DNA and RNA chemistry expertise enables us to create drug candidates for internal development and generates opportunities for multiple collaborative alliances. For more information, visit www.iderapharma.com.
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