Navigation Links
NKT Therapeutics Presents Data on Potential Antibody Treatment for Sickle Cell Disease
Date:12/6/2012

WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NKT Therapeutics, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company, announced preclinical study results supporting the potential of its lead therapeutic candidate, NKTT120, as an innovative approach to the treatment of sickle cell disease. Preclinical studies of NKTT120, a humanized monoclonal antibody, showed its ability to generate a safe, rapid, specific and complete depletion of invariant Natural Killer T cells (iNKT cells) 24 hours post dosing, thus  offering a means to reduce the chronic inflammation associated with sickle cell disease pathology. NKT Therapeutics plans to initiate a clinical trial of NKTT120 in patients with stable sickle cell disease in the first quarter of 2013.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121203/MM23274LOGO)

The study will be presented on December 9 at the American Society of Hematology meeting in Atlanta as a poster presentation entitled, "The Safety Evaluation of NKTT120, an iNKT Cell Depleting Antibody in the Cynomolgus Monkey." An abstract of the study has been published online at https://ash.confex.com/ash/2012/webprogram/Paper50259.html

NKTT120 is a humanized monoclonal antibody that results in a safe, rapid, specific and complete depletion of iNKT cells. The presented research showed that a specific and complete depletion of iNKT cells was observed at the earliest post dosing measurement at 24 hours, and was maintained throughout the 85 day study. Investigators observed no adverse events, infections, or cytokine release.  T cell-dependent antibody response to KLH antigen was not affected by NKTT120 treatment. 

Chronic inflammation is associated with the pathology of sickle cell disease, and studies by NKT Therapeutics and others have found an increased ratio of activated iNKT cells in the peripheral blood of patients with sickle cell disease. These findings suggest that iNKT cell reduction and/or depletion would be effective in reducing the damaging inflammation associated with sickle cell disease.

"Depletion of iNKT cells represents an exciting new approach to the treatment of sickle cell disease, and we are encouraged that this mechanism has the potential to meaningfully improve the lives of patients with this condition," stated Dr. Robert Schaub, Chief Scientific Officer at NKT Therapeutics. 

"The safety and pharmacodynamic profile of NKTT120 demonstrated in this study  are extremely encouraging, and we look forward to testing this investigational agent in patients with stable sickle cell disease," added Dr. Joshua Field, Medical Director of the Adult Sickle Cell Disease Clinic at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Principal Investigator of the planned study.

About NKT Therapeutics, Inc.

NKT Therapeutics, Inc. is a privately held biotechnology company focused on developing therapeutics based on unique immune cells called natural killer T (NKT) cells. The company's mission is to use its expertise to develop a pipeline of first-in-class NKT-based therapeutics to treat sickle cell disease, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, and cancer. For more information on the company, please visit http://www.nktrx.com.

 


'/>"/>
SOURCE NKT Therapeutics
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. Cell Therapeutics Reports on Cooperative Group Sponsored Trial of Brostallicin in Patients with Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
2. Smith & Nephew Announces Agreement To Acquire Assets Of Healthpoint Biotherapeutics
3. Intarcia Therapeutics Secures Landmark $210 Million Financing To Fund Its Global Phase 3 Program For ITCA 650 In Type 2 Diabetes
4. Karyopharm Therapeutics Announces Oral Presentation at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) on the use of Selective Inhibitors of Nuclear Export (SINE) CRM1 Antagonists in preclinical models of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
5. Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (CTI) to Present at Jefferies 2012 Global Healthcare Conference
6. Novel Cancer Immune Therapy Developer Oncos Therapeutics Appoints Experienced Industry Leader Frans Wuite as President and CEO
7. United Therapeutics Corporation To Announce Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results Before Market Open On Thursday, November 1, 2012
8. Northwest Biotherapeutics Appoints Pharma Industry Veteran As CEO Of German Subsidiary
9. Alzheimers Therapeutics Reviewed by NeuroPerspective
10. Parthenon Identifies Emerging Opportunities in Targeted Payload Cancer Therapeutics
11. Global Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Therapeutics Industry
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/9/2017)... ... October 09, 2017 , ... The Giving Tree Wellness Center ... the needs of consumers who are incorporating medical marijuana into their wellness and ... , As operators of two successful Valley dispensaries, The Giving Tree’s two founders, ...
(Date:10/7/2017)... Arizona (PRWEB) , ... October ... ... 15 years’ experience providing advanced instruments and applications consulting for microscopy and ... in-house expertise in application consulting, Nanoscience Analytical offers a broad range of ...
(Date:10/7/2017)... , Oct. 6, 2017  The 2017 ... of three scientists, Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank ... developments in cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) have ... within the structural biology community. The winners worked ... can now routinely produce highly resolved, three-dimensional images ...
(Date:10/6/2017)... ... October 06, 2017 , ... On Tuesday, October 24th, ABC² ... the first-ever adaptive clinical trial for glioblastoma (GBM). The featured speaker will be ... and open to the public, but registration is required. , WHAT: ABC² ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:6/30/2017)... , June 30, 2017 Today, American ... and supplier of face and eye tracking software, ... Product provider program. "Artificial intelligence ... way to monitor a driver,s attentiveness levels while ... being able to detect fatigue and prevent potential ...
(Date:5/16/2017)...  Veratad Technologies, LLC ( www.veratad.com ), an innovative ... verification solutions, announced today they will participate as a ... thru May 17, 2017, in Washington D.C.,s ... Identity impacts the lives of billions ... evolving digital world, defining identity is critical to nearly ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... New York , April 19, 2017 ... competitive, as its vendor landscape is marked by the ... the market is however held by five major players ... Safran. Together these companies accounted for nearly 61% of ... of the leading companies in the global military biometrics ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):