Gilead Sciences Inc. has synthesized carboxy-benzimidazoles acting as glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor (GLP-1R) agonists reported to be useful for the treatment of arthritis, diabetes, eating disorders, macular degeneration, myocardial infarction, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, sleep apnea and Parkinson's disease, among others.
Neurons are specialized cells with a high metabolic demand to fulfill their function, survive or keep a healthy half-life. In this sense, the anabolism and catabolism of proteins and lipids could be associated to different neurodegenerative diseases. At the 2022 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, scientists reported the latest discoveries on neuron metabolic needs at a session on 'Powering Thoughts: The Regulation of Neuronal Energy Metabolism and Mitochondria.'
Ardelyx Inc. could have a rocky row to hoe when it makes its case for tenapanor, as a hyperphosphatemia therapy in adults with chronic kidney disease, before the U.S. FDA’s Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee Nov. 16. The big question facing the adcom is whether the change in baseline serum phosphorous levels achieved by the drug is clinically meaningful. Clearly, FDA reviewers don’t think so, as that question already has resulted in delayed PDUFA dates, a complete response letter and two formal dispute resolution requests.
Investigators working at University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, have discovered that the ubiquitin ligase UBR2 is up-regulated and sufficient for targeting the myosin heavy chain protein for the degradation characteristic of cancer cachexia. UBR2 knockout or pharmacological inhibition could prevent cachexia in mice. Confirmatory observations were noted in cancer cachexia patient-derived tissues.
Minoryx Therapeutics SL is banking what it described as “a significant double-digit up-front payment” and could earn up to €258 million (US$262.1 million) more in milestone payments and development funding from a license agreement with Neuraxpharm GmbH, which covers European rights to its lead drug candidate, leriglitazone, in central nervous system indications. It will also receive tiered double-digit royalties on product sales.
Innovent Biologics Inc. said that, compared to a placebo, both doses of its anti-PCSK-9 monoclonal antibody tafolecimab tested in a phase III trial “yielded significant and durable reductions” in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels and showed a favorable safety profile in Chinese patients with non-familial hypercholesterolemia.