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SMT C1100 For Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Moves To Human Testing
Date:4/24/2012

of dystrophin, the protein missing in the muscle fibers of patients with DMD.

In May 2011, an MDA-supported study showed that daily treatment with SMT C1100 dramatically reduced symptoms in dystrophin-deficient mice with a DMD-like disease. The mice showed reduced muscle abnormalities, increased overall strength and improved ability to resist exercise-related fatigue.

An earlier version of the drug, tested by California-based BioMarin Pharmaceutical, was found safe and well-tolerated in healthy human volunteers, but it failed to reach blood levels considered adequate for therapy.

The reformulated Summit PLC version of the drug is designed to reach adequate blood levels in humans following oral administration.

To learn more, read the Quest News Online article DMD Drug SMT C1100 Moves to Human Testing.

About DMD

DMD is a degenerative muscle disease — affecting boys almost exclusively — that involves progressive degeneration of voluntary and cardiac muscles, with resulting weakness and heart abnormalities. The disease manifests in early childhood, causing delayed motor milestones and, in some cases, cognitive, behavioral or language deficits. Loss of the ability to walk occurs in most children with DMD between the ages of 10 and 12 years; weakened cardiac and respiratory muscles severely limit life span.

The disease is caused by any number of mutations in the X-chromosome gene that carries instructions for the muscle protein dystrophin. Without dystrophin, muscle fibers are abnormally fragile and break down under the stress of contractions.

Corticosteroid medications, such as prednisone and its chemical cousin prednisolone, slow disease progressi
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