clinical cancer research coverIt is well documented that African American (AA) men have higher incidence and mortality in cancers of the prostate. Additionally, these cancers tend to be more aggressive when compared with European American (EA) men. Investigators at George Washington University, Duke University, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research have collaborated on a project looking to identify novel molecular genes and pathways that may contribute to these clinical observations. Published online and in advance last month in Clinical Cancer Research, researchers identified novel miRNA-mRNA networks that offer molecular insight into aggressive prostate cancer in AA men.

The report, entitled ‘Identification and Functional Validation of Reciprocal microRNA-mRNA Pairings in African American Prostate Cancer Disparities’, exemplifies the successful use of microRNA prediction analysis, bioinformatic data mining, and in vitro and ex vivo experimentation to discover and validate novel molecular players in prostate cancer. Using microarray gene expression analysis of matched tumor and adjacent normal prostate tissue from AA and EA cancer patients, Wang et. al. identified hundreds of altered microRNAs and mRNAs in prostate cancer. TargetScan, coupled with the Global Test and Gene Set Enrichment Analysis algorithms, identified dozens of predicted miRNA-mRNA pathways in which both genes were found to be [click to continue…]


Dramatic Response with Novel microRNA Replacement Therapy in Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

EnGeneIC-logoNEW YORK and SYDNEY, June 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – EnGeneIC Ltd, an emerging biopharmaceutical company focused on developing its proprietary EDV™ nanocell platform for the targeted delivery of cancer therapeutics, announced today that, together with the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI), a patient case study from the MesomiR-1 Phase 1 clinical trial of its EDV™ nanocells packaged with a miR-16-based microRNA for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) has been published in the peer-reviewed journal American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

The case study, titled, “A significant metabolic and radiological response following a novel targeted microRNA-based treatment approach in malignant pleural mesothelioma,” reported on the remarkable results of a 51-year old male who was diagnosed with MPM in May 2013. After eventually failing three chemotherapy regimens, he entered the MesomiR-1 study. The patient was one of the six patients recruited into the first cohort, which received eight weekly infusions of 5×109 EDV™ nanocells packaged with miR-16a, coined TargomiRs for this study.

At the end of the eight-week study period, a near-complete response was evident on the patient’s PET and CT scans, and which was confirmed four weeks later. In addition, the patient had a significant improvement [click to continue…]


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Achieves Key ‘Clinical Map Initiative’ Goal for 2015 and Advances Orphan Disease Efforts

regulus therapeutics logoLA JOLLA, Calif., June 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Regulus Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: RGLS), a biopharmaceutical company leading the discovery and development of innovative medicines targeting microRNAs, announced today that dosing has begun in a first-in-human Phase I clinical study of RG-012, a single stranded, chemically modified oligonucleotide that binds to and inhibits the function of microRNA-21 (“miR-21″).  RG-012 is being developed by Regulus in a strategic alliance with Genzyme, a Sanofi company, for the treatment of Alport syndrome, a life-threatening genetic kidney disease with no approved therapy.  The Phase I clinical study is being conducted in the United States as a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, single ascending dose study to evaluate the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of subcutaneous dosing of RG-012 in healthy volunteers.

“Advancement of RG-012 into the clinic represents an important achievement under our ‘Clinical Map Initiative’ and further underscores our focus on discovering and developing novel microRNA therapies for orphan and rare diseases such as Alport syndrome,” said Paul Grint, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Regulus.  “We expect that the results from this first-in-human clinical study [click to continue…]


Workshop: microRNA Research & Immunology

by Christoph on May 7, 2015

in Workshops

microRNA-Immunology-WorkshopIf you are traveling to New Orleans to attend IMMUNOLOGY 2015 you might be interested in the following workshop next Monday, May 11th:

Recent Work & Current Methods in Immunology microRNA Research

May 11, 2015 – 11:15 AM-12:00 PM – Exhibit Hall Workshop Room #1

There is now strong evidence suggesting that miRNA signaling plays a significant role in both innate and adaptive immune responses and their dysregulation contributes to pathogenesis.  This workshop presented by LC Sciences and Norgen Biotek will focus on the recent developments of microRNA research in the field of immunology and current methods for microRNA isolation and profiling including next-gen sequencing.

  • Recent developments of microRNA research in the field of immunology
  • Current methods for microRNA isolation and profiling
  • Case studies and application examples

Bernard Lam, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Norgen Biotek
Christoph Eicken, Ph.D., Head of Technical Services, LC Sciences



Mirna Therapeutics Secures $41.8 Million Series D Financing to Advance Oncology MicroRNA Pipeline

April 30, 2015

Series D is Mirna’s Largest Financing to Date With Ten Institutional and Strategic Investors AUSTIN, TX–(Marketwired – April 30, 2015) - Mirna Therapeutics (Mirna), a private, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical and immuno-oncology company focused on the development of microRNA-based cancer therapeutics, today announced the completion of a $41.8 million Series D financing. The company’s second institutional financing was […]

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SomaGenics Awarded 2-Year NIH Grant to Develop NGS microRNA Library Technology

April 28, 2015

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., April 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – SomaGenics has been awarded a two-year NIH grant to develop its novel RealSeq™–T technology for targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) of small RNAs such as microRNA. There is increasing interest in using NGS for miRNA biomarker discovery from biofluids such as blood plasma as well as for miRNA expression profiling and […]

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A microRNA Therapeutic Targeting microRNA-103/107 for the Treatment of NASH in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes, Selected as Clinical Candidate by AstraZeneca

April 7, 2015

-Regulus Earns $2.5 Million Milestone Payment from AstraZeneca- -RG-125 (AZD4076) is Regulus’ 3rd Clinical Candidate, Achieving Key ‘Clinical Map Initiative’ Goal for 2015- LA JOLLA, Calif., April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Regulus Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLS), a biopharmaceutical company leading the discovery and development of innovative medicines targeting microRNAs, announced today the selection of RG-125 (AZD4076), a GalNAc-conjugated anti-miR […]

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MicroRNA Therapeutic in Development Receives Orphan Medicinal Product Designation

March 25, 2015

Regulus Receives Orphan Medicinal Product Designation from the European Commission for RG-012, a microRNA Therapeutic in Development for the Treatment of Alport Syndrome LA JOLLA, Calif., March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Regulus Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLS), a biopharmaceutical company leading the discovery and development of innovative medicines targeting microRNAs, announced today that the European Commission has granted orphan medicinal […]

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Atheroprotective miRNA Signaling Pathways

January 22, 2015

MicroRNA (miRNA) are continually being identified as essential regulators of gene expression in a wide variety of different cellular contexts. A study published in March of 2012 in Nature Cell Biology1 identified an atheroprotective miRNA signaling pathway in which the miR-143/145 gene cluster is upregulated in endothelial cells and transferred to underlying smooth muscle cells […]

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