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New data published in Nature Genetics demonstrate that tiny LNA-based compounds developed by Santaris Pharma A/S inhibit entire disease-associated microRNA families
Date:3/20/2011

master regulators of gene expression associated with many diseases. Because they dictate the expression of fundamental regulatory pathways, microRNAs represent potential drug targets in the treatment of many disease processes.

"Using tiny LNA-based compounds to successfully inhibit entire disease-associated microRNA families provides a new range of opportunities to develop novel microRNA-targeted drugs for both in-house drug discovery programs, as well as with our partners," said Henrik rum, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Santaris Pharma A/S. "The versatility of our proprietary LNA Drug Platform has the potential to develop new modalities to target a broad range of diseases, including cardiometabolic disorders, infectious and inflammatory diseases, and cancer by targeting microRNAs, entire microRNA families or messengerRNAs."

The study published in Nature Genetics was carried out by Santaris Pharma A/S scientists and collaborators at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York. In this study, scientists demonstrated that tiny LNA-based compounds inhibited both single microRNAs and entire microRNA families in cultured cells, as well as in vivo in several mice tissues and in a mouse breast tumor model. The tiny LNA-based compounds were well tolerated by the mice and could be delivered without the use of complex delivery vehicles.

The Santaris Pharma A/S LNA Drug Platform is the only RNA technology with both mRNA and microRNA targeted drugs in clinical trials, demonstrating the broad utility of the proprietary platform. In September 2010, Santaris Pharma A/S successfully advanced miravirsen, a lead microRNA drug candidate targeting miR-122, into Phase 2 studies for the treatment of patients infected with the Hepatitis C virus. In addition, Santaris Pharma A/S is advancing two mRNA-targeted drugs, SPC5001 targeting PCSK9 and SPC4955 targeting apoB, for the treatment of high cholesterol into Phase 1 in the first hal
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