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Acologix Presents Preclinical Data on Cartilage Regeneration by AC-100 at the OARSI 2007 World Congress on Osteoarthritis
Date:12/7/2007

HAYWARD, Calif., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Acologix, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company, today announced preclinical study results demonstrating that AC-100, its novel synthetic peptide derived from an endogenous human protein produced by bone and dental cells, promoted cartilage regeneration in an animal model. The data was presented by Dr. Catherine Middleton-Hardie at the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) 2007 World Congress on Osteoarthritis in Fort Lauderdale, Florida during the poster sessions.

In this study, goats with an osteochondral femoral condylar (knee cartilage) defect were used to evaluate the effects of AC-100 on cartilage regeneration. Cylindrical defects were created in the knee cartilage and were filled with a collagen sponge containing AC-100 at two different doses or a collagen sponge soaked in saline (control group). Post-operative treatments included intra-articular injections of the test articles into the operated knee joint at weeks one, two and three post surgery. Cartilage regeneration was evaluated in one group after 84 days and 168 days in another group.

The results demonstrated that the application of AC-100 dose dependently promoted cartilage defect repair. The groups treated with the higher dosage of AC-100 had greater healing outcome scores than the saline control groups. As there was no evidence of an inflammatory response, AC-100 demonstrated a favorable safety profile in the study.

These results follow a reported Phase II clinical trial that demonstrated AC-100 stimulates the formation of new dentin (the hard tissue of teeth that protects the tooth pulp and supports the outer enamel) when applied directly to tooth defects (prepared cavities).

"We are very pleased to see this type of response to AC-100 in such a challenging model. This is the first demonstration of AC-100 to promote cartilage repair. These findings are consistent with previous studies where AC-100 ha
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