LW-231, under development by Shanghai Longwood Biopharmaceuticals Co. Ltd., is a novel bifunctional molecule designed to simultaneously modulate hepatitis B virus (HBV) capsid assembly and activate cGAS-STING pathway. Preclinical data were recently presented.
One of the difficulties for preventing the evolution of a tumor is that cancer progression can be promoted by undifferentiated or migrating cells whose states could follow different directions. At the 40th edition of Barcelona Biomed conferences at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), which took place from Nov. 27 to 29, 2023, and is entitled “Cancer in Context: Cellular, Tissue, and Organismal Determinants of Malignant Fates,” Angela Nieto presented her latest data on epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT).
Pemphigus vulgaris is an autoimmune skin disease mediated by autoantibodies to desmoglein-3 (DSG3). Since the adult murine model of this disease is quite limited, researchers aimed to develop a novel active adult pemphigus vulgaris murine model.
A mouse line with severe haploinsufficiency of about 92% reduction in coiled-coil and C2 domain-containing protein 1A (CC2D1A) expression was generated by breeding of Cc2d1a-knockout allele with C2d1a -/V5-HA mice to generate a compound heterozygous murine model of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Researchers from Seoul National University presented results of preclinical evaluation of a new TNF-α/OX40L bispecific antibody, IMB-101, being developed for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Why cancer? The mechanisms that drive and maintain tumorigenesis are still a mystery. This is a play with different actors who have different roles in several contexts. One of these scenarios is represented by genetic and epigenetic conditions that determine the early trajectories of cancer cells. In addition, different mechanisms will control phenotypes and states that can take one or another direction toward cancer.
Treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) is still a challenge, since it is focused on symptom relief but fails at dealing with the progressive cartilage deterioration that occurs during the disease. Researchers from Innovo Therapeutics Inc. recently unveiled INV-1498, a caspase inhibitor, as a preclinical candidate for the treatment of OA.
Based on previous studies that have demonstrated the potential of growth hormone-releasing hormone receptor (GHRH-R) antagonists to modulate immune responses to bleomycin lung injury, researchers from the University of Miami and affiliated organizations aimed to evaluate the potential of the GHRH-R antagonist MIA-602 in a mouse model of rVSV-SARS-CoV-2-induced pulmonary dysfunction and heart injury.