Regulatory Application for RG-101 to be Filed in the Near Term: Clinical Studies in Man Expected to Commence in Early 2014
LA JOLLA, Calif., Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Regulus Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: RGLS), a biopharmaceutical company leading the discovery and development of innovative medicines targeting microRNAs, today announced that data demonstrating the positive preclinical profile of RG-101 will be presented in a late-breaking poster session at the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD) being held in Washington, D.C. on Monday, November 4, 2013 from8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) to 5:30 p.m. EST. The poster is available on the Company’s website at http://www.regulusrx.com.
“RG-101 utilizes a unique mechanism of action by targeting microRNA-122, a liver-specific host factor for stability, replication and translation of HCV. We believe that therapies that target host-encoded factors essential for HCV replication may act as attractive combination agents because they may demonstrate activity across [click to continue…]
Stabilization of hepatitis C virus RNA by an Ago2–miR-122 complex
MicroRNAs regulate eukaryotic gene expression by binding to regions of imperfect complementarity in mRNAs, typically in the 3′ UTR, recruiting an Argonaute (Ago) protein complex that usually results in translational repression or destabilization of the target RNA. The translation and decay of mRNAs are closely linked, competing processes, and whether the miRNA-induced silencing complex (RISC) acts primarily to reduce translation or stability of the mRNA remains controversial.
miR-122 is an abundant, liver-specific miRNA that is an unusual host factor for hepatitis C virus (HCV), an important cause of liver disease in humans. Prior studies show that it binds the 5′ UTR of the messenger-sense HCV RNA genome, stimulating translation and promoting genome replication by an unknown mechanism. In this study the authors show that [click to continue…]
miR-122 is a liver-expressed microRNA that has been shown to be a critical endogenous “host factor” for the replication of hepatitis C virus (HCV), and anti-miRs targeting miR-122 have been shown to block HCV infection (Jopling et al. (2005) Science 309, 1577-81). In earlier work, scientists at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Isis Pharmaceuticals demonstrated the ability to antagonize miR-122 in vivo using chemically modified single-stranded anti-miR oligonucleotides. Data from multiple preclinical studies have shown a robust HCV antiviral effect following inhibition of miR-122.
Regulus Therapeutics Inc. is developing a microRNA therapeutic targeting miR-122 for the treatment of HCV infection and plans to file an investigational new drug (IND) application in 2011.
Today, Regulus announced that the European Patent Office (EPO) and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have recently granted claims for microRNA-122 therapy in hepatitis C viral (HCV) infections. These two new patents will further strengthen the Regulus-controlled patent estate surrounding miR-122 compositions and methods of use, which include:
- The ‘Sarnow’ patent claiming the use of anti-miR-122 to inhibit HCV replication (US Patent No. 7,307,067)
- The ‘Esau’ patent claiming the use of anti-miRs targeting miR-122 as inhibitory agents (US Patent No. 7,683,036)
- The ‘Tuschl III’ patent claiming compositions of matter for miR-122 and complementary oligonucleotides (US Patent No. 7,232,806)
- The ‘Manoharan’ patent claiming antagomirs, including antagomirs targeting miR-122 (US Patent No. 7,582,744)
- A recently granted Regulus-owned European application claiming the use of miR-122 antagonists for reducing cholesterol (EP Application No. 06813949.2)
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