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The future of Ipsen’s new $1.3B drug is in doubt as safety fears force the FDA to slam the brakes on late-stage studies – Endpoints News

Having made its marketing pitch to the EU regulator, Novartis on Thursday unveiled positive pivotal study data supporting the use of its inhaled asthma treatment.

The therapy, QMF149, consists of the long-acting beta-agonist, or LABA, called indacaterol acetate and the corticosteroid mometasone furoate. In the 2,216-patient, 52-week PALLADIUM study, asthma patients either received a medium or high dose of the Novartis therapy (150/160 g; 150/320 g) or mometasone furoate (MF) alone.

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Living with cancer: ‘Exercising during my chemotherapy treatment worked wonders’ – inews

NewsReal LifeCathal Morrow, 54, talks about the positive effects running and gym sessions had on him both physically and mentally

Friday, 6th December 2019, 5:33 pm

As part of a new series calledLiving with cancer,iis sharing people's stories about how the disease affects their life and relationships, both practically and emotionally.

Cathal Morrow knew that he could have easily have slumped into a depression after hearing the dreaded C word.

When he began his three month chemotherapy treatment, it knocked him for six. "The first 10 days I lay in bed watching Netflix. I felt rotten, exhausted and sick. I felt like I'd been hit by a bus. I thought oh gosh, I've got three months of this."

Then his youngest son had what he calls a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) episode, and Cathal had to physically restrain him. It made him realise he was stronger than he had realised. And so, from then, he forced himself to turn off the telly and go outside a trip to the shops or a stroll around the park.

"I was knackered afterwards, but it felt good," he said. Having quit smoking when he was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, he decided to go to the gym. It felt good, so the next day he went for a run, and managed 6 km (3.7 miles), and the next day pounded the pavements again.

Cathal had run a marathon a decade ago, but had stopped running regularly. The 54-year-old soon built up his fitness and took on a half marathon (21 km/13.1 miles) while still having chemo.

Exercise can help general health, and there's been a recent paradigm shift with regards to the role it plays in cancer patients. Last year, leading experts on cancer called for exercise to be prescribed to all cancer patients, alongside traditional treatment, and say not to do so would be harmful.

If the effects of exercise could be encapsulated in a pill, it would be prescribed to every cancer patient worldwide and viewed as a major breakthrough in cancer treatment, Professor Prue Cormie from the Australian Catholic University wrote on The Conversation.

'It stops me from becoming a miserable sod'

Cathal began exercising five times a week, and he says it helped empower him to move out of a more passive patient role, and improved not just his well-being but his attitude, too.

"It would be easy to think, I'm sick, I'm having treatment, so I must wrap myself up in cotton wool. Doing the half-marathon, I was shouting 'Fuck cancer' as I hauled myself up a gruesome hill. It was my way of sticking my finger up to the disease. It worked wonders.

"Running helped me manage my fear of dying. There's no two ways about it, it's terrifying to be told you have cancer. I had a good cry, then I thought right, I'm beating this. Exercise was a way to channel my frustration, at times rage.

"It gave me something to look forward to almost every day, something very immediate to focus on that I could achieve. It made me feel at least partly in control of my health.

"It's also had a positive effect on my two sons. They saw I was fighting cancer, that I refuse to give in. It stops me from becoming a miserable sod, because I dont need to fake positivity."

Rest is 'counterproductive'

Macmillan Cancer Support also say that traditional advice for combating fatigue centering on energy conservation is "counterproductive", since "excessive rest worsens treatment-related loss of physical function".

'Studies have found exercise during treatment can actually change the tumor microenvironment and trigger stronger anti-tumor activity'

Mayo Clinic experts

The charity states: "This can lead to a vicious cycle of accumulating fatigue and deteriorating function. A promising body of evidence indicates that an appropriate balance of physical activity alongside rest during treatment periods helps to control fatigue and maintain physical function."

Experts at the Mayo Clinic say as well as reducing depression and anxiety, exercise can reduce pain. They point out "studies have found that exercise during treatment can actually change the tumor microenvironment and trigger stronger anti-tumor activity in your immune system". And animal studies have found that exercise can lead to tumor reduction in rodents.

Physical activity also helps you manage your weight, which is an important cancer risk factor and has been linked to higher risk of cancer recurrence.

'Balance is key'

Cathal, from Wimbledon, London, says exercise made him feel better prepared physically to be able to handle the treatment. His doctor approved of him getting active, but warned him not to overdo it.

Cathal, who works in PR and as a writer, underwent stem cell treatment last November, and has since gone into remission, although he still struggles with fatigue.

"My doctor is fully supportive of me exercising my way through chemo although she cautioned me not to 'go mental'. I probably did a bit. I just love pushing my body past what I think is possible. It's felt fantastic feeling the fittest I've been in a decade.

"But I think it's also important to listen to you body, balance is key. I aimed to exercise five times a week but if I felt rubbish I'd rest. Same goes for the emotional side. Sometimes you have to succumb to not feeling very positive. Some days I feel too crap to do anything and spend a few days in bed."

Cancer Research says how much and how intense a cancer patient should exercise will depend on the individual, and advises people check with their doctor beforehand. You can read their guidelines about exercising when you have cancer here.

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Takeda to Present Results from the Phase 3 TOURMALINE-AL1 Trial of NINLARO in Patients with Amyloidosis – Business Wire

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. & OSAKA, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) today announced that results of the TOURMALINE-AL1 trial will be presented during an oral session at the 61st American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting on Saturday, December 7, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. TOURMALINE-AL1 is a Phase 3, randomized clinical trial evaluating the effect of NINLAROTM (ixazomib) in combination with dexamethasone in patients with relapsed or refractory systemic light-chain (AL) amyloidosis.

The TOURMALINE-AL1 trial did not meet the first of the two primary endpoints of significant improvement in overall hematologic response, as reported in June 2019. Hematologic responses were seen in 53% versus 51% of patients receiving NINLARO plus dexamethasone versus physicians choice (odds ratio 1.10 [95% CI 0.60-2.01], p=0.762) as assessed by an Adjudication Committee (AC). The second primary endpoint of two-year vital organ deterioration or death was not mature at the time of analysis. Other endpoints studied including vital organ progression free survival (PFS), hematologic PFS, time to treatment failure and time to subsequent therapy were numerically higher in the NINLARO plus dexamethasone arm compared to the physicians choice arm. Takeda is committed to making data available to researchers to continue investigation of this disease. NINLARO is not approved as a treatment for AL amyloidosis.

AL amyloidosis is a rare condition, for which prognosis and patient outcomes are poor. Current treatments are often retrofitted from therapies used for multiple myeloma, said Angela Dispenzieri, MD, Mayo Clinic, and the trials principal investigator and lead author. For a Phase 3 study that did not meet its primary endpoint, this trial provides interesting information for this community and for future studies. Ongoing research and development to investigate potential treatment options for this underserved patient population is critical.

We look forward to the opportunity to share the data from the TOURMALINE-AL1 trial, said Phil Rowlands, Head of Oncology Clinical Research and Development, Takeda. We are confident that sharing our findings with the community will help encourage conversations around the need for continued research to address the needs that remain in this patient population.

There are serious unmet needs for people living with amyloidosis. AL amyloidosis is a progressive and fatal disease; many patients are diagnosed late, significantly impacting life expectancy. The challenges associated with developing drugs for this disease make continued research and development for treatment critical, said Isabelle Lousada, Founder and CEO of the Amyloidosis Research Consortium. The data from TOURMALINE-AL1 provide valuable insights to researchers as they select endpoints for future amyloidosis studies, and knowledge that will provide context in future drug reviews and approvals, ultimately aiding in providing treatment options for patients.

Primary Results from the Phase 3 TOURMALINE-AL1 Trial of Ixazomib-Dexamethasone Versus Physicians Choice of Therapy in Patients (Pts) with Relapsed/Refractory Primary Systemic AL Amyloidosis (RRAL). Saturday, December 7, 9:30 a.m., Orange County Convention Center, Hall E1.

Key findings, to be presented by Dr. Angela Dispenzieri, include:

About the TOURMALINE-AL1 Trial

TOURMALINE-AL1 (NCT01659658) is an international, randomized, controlled, open-label, multicenter, Phase 3 study, designed to determine whether NINLAROTM (ixazomib) in combination with dexamethasone improves hematologic response, two-year vital organ (heart or kidney) deterioration and mortality rate versus a physician's choice of a chemotherapy regimen in participants diagnosed with relapsed or refractory systemic light chain (AL) amyloidosis. 168 patients were enrolled and randomly selected to receive either NINLARO plus dexamethasone, or physicians choice of the following: dexamethasone plus melphalan; dexamethasone plus cyclophosphamide; dexamethasone plus thalidomide; dexamethasone plus lenalidomide; or dexamethasone alone. The discontinuation of the TOURMALINE-AL1 trial was announced in June 2019. For more information, please visit

About AL Amyloidosis

Primary AL amyloidosis is a condition that falls under the umbrella of plasma cell dyscrasias. AL amyloidosis arises from a clonal plasma cell that produces abnormal immunoglobulin light-chain fragments. These misfolded light-chains form insoluble fibrils that aggregate as amyloid deposits in organs and tissues throughout the body, ultimately leading to organ dysfunction and death. The most common organs affected are the kidneys, heart, liver, and autonomic or peripheral nerves.

There are currently no treatments approved for the treatment of AL amyloidosis.

About NINLAROTM (ixazomib) capsules

NINLARO (ixazomib) is an oral proteasome inhibitor which is being studied across the continuum of multiple myeloma treatment settings. NINLARO was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in November 2015 and is indicated in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma who have received at least one prior therapy. NINLARO is currently approved in more than 60 countries, including the United States, Japan and in the European Union, with more than 10 regulatory filings currently under review. It was the first oral proteasome inhibitor to enter Phase 3 clinical trials and to receive approval.

The comprehensive ixazomib clinical development program, TOURMALINE, includes several ongoing pivotal trials, which together are investigating major multiple myeloma patient populations:

In addition to the TOURMALINE program, ixazomib is being evaluated in multiple therapeutic combinations for various patient populations in investigator initiated studies globally.

NINLARO (ixazomib) capsules: Global Important Safety Information

SPECIAL WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONSThrombocytopenia has been reported with NINLARO (28 percent vs. 14 percent in the NINLARO and placebo regimens, respectively) with platelet nadirs typically occurring between Days 14-21 of each 28-day cycle and recovery to baseline by the start of the next cycle. It did not result in an increase in hemorrhagic events or platelet transfusions. Monitor platelet counts at least monthly during treatment with NINLARO and consider more frequent monitoring during the first three cycles. Manage with dose modifications and platelet transfusions as per standard medical guidelines.

Gastrointestinal toxicities have been reported in the NINLARO and placebo regimens respectively, such as diarrhea (42 percent vs. 36 percent), constipation (34 percent vs. 25 percent), nausea (26 percent vs. 21 percent), and vomiting (22 percent vs. 11 percent), occasionally requiring use of antiemetic and anti-diarrheal medications, and supportive care.

Peripheral neuropathy was reported with NINLARO (28 percent vs. 21 percent in the NINLARO and placebo regimens, respectively). The most commonly reported reaction was peripheral sensory neuropathy (19 percent and 14 percent in the NINLARO and placebo regimens, respectively). Peripheral motor neuropathy was not commonly reported in either regimen (< 1 percent). Monitor patients for symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and adjust dosing as needed.

Peripheral edema was reported with NINLARO (25 percent vs. 18 percent in the NINLARO and placebo regimens, respectively). Evaluate patients for underlying causes and provide supportive care, as necessary. Adjust the dose of dexamethasone per its prescribing information or the dose of NINLARO for severe symptoms.

Cutaneous reactions occurred in 19 percent of patients in the NINLARO regimen compared to 11 percent of patients in the placebo regimen. The most common type of rash reported in both regimens was maculo-papular and macular rash. Manage rash with supportive care, dose modification or discontinuation.

Hepatotoxicity, drug-induced liver injury, hepatocellular injury, hepatic steatosis, and hepatitis cholestatic have been uncommonly reported with NINLARO. Monitor hepatic enzymes regularly and adjust dose for Grade 3 or 4 symptoms.

Pregnancy- NINLARO can cause fetal harm. Advise male and female patients of reproductive potential to use contraceptive measures during treatment and for an additional 90 days after the final dose of NINLARO. Women of childbearing potential should avoid becoming pregnant while taking NINLARO due to potential hazard to the fetus. Women using hormonal contraceptives should use an additional barrier method of contraception.

Lactation- It is not known whether NINLARO or its metabolites are excreted in human milk. There could be potential adverse events in nursing infants and therefore breastfeeding should be discontinued.

SPECIAL PATIENT POPULATIONSHepatic Impairment: Reduce the NINLARO starting dose to 3 mg in patients with moderate or severe hepatic impairment.

Renal Impairment: Reduce the NINLARO starting dose to 3 mg in patients with severe renal impairment or end-stage renal disease (ESRD) requiring dialysis. NINLARO is not dialyzable and, therefore, can be administered without regard to the timing of dialysis.

DRUG INTERACTIONSCo-administration of strong CYP3A inducers with NINLARO is not recommended.

ADVERSE REACTIONSThe most frequently reported adverse reactions ( 20 percent) in the NINLARO regimen, and greater than in the placebo regimen, were diarrhea (42 percent vs. 36 percent), constipation (34 percent vs. 25 percent), thrombocytopenia (28 percent vs. 14 percent), peripheral neuropathy (28 percent vs. 21 percent), nausea (26 percent vs. 21 percent), peripheral edema (25 percent vs. 18 percent), vomiting (22 percent vs. 11 percent), and back pain (21 percent vs. 16 percent). Serious adverse reactions reported in 2 percent of patients included thrombocytopenia (2 percent) and diarrhea (2 percent). For each adverse reaction, one or more of the three drugs was discontinued in 1percent of patients in the NINLARO regimen.

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About Takeda Pharmaceutical CompanyTakeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to bringing Better Health and a Brighter Future to patients by translating science into highly-innovative medicines. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Rare Diseases, Neuroscience and Gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people's lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries.

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Stem cells may trigger immune repair to mend hearts – BioNews

2 December 2019

Stem cell therapies may become redundant in repairing cardiac function after a heart attack, suggests a new study in mice.

It showed how stem cell treatments can heal hearts by triggering an immune response which can be achieved by using a chemical instead.

'This work is paradigm-shifting because it demonstrates a mechanism to explain a perplexing phenomenon that has intrigued cardiologists as a result of decades of cardiac stem cell trials,' Dr Jonathan Epstein at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia told The Scientist.

Stem cell therapies to repair damaged heart tissue are currently being tested in human clinical trials. In these treatments, human stem cells are injected into the heart and this leads to an improvement in heart function. However, how this works is not fully understood.

One possibility is that the injected stem cells are incorporated into the heart tissue and repair the damage. However, the latest study, published in the journal Nature, suggests that this may not be the case. Instead, the study indicated that the repair is actually a result of triggering the innate immune response.

Researchers injected different types of stem cell or a chemical inducer (zymosan) of the innate immune response into an experimental mouse model of heart disease. They saw improvement in heart function that was similar in all cases, and showed that this repair occurs via activation of macrophage cells of the innate immune system.

'The innate immune response acutely altered cellular activity around the injured area of the heart so that it healed with a more optimised scar and improved contractile properties,' said Dr Jeffery Molkentin at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Centre, Ohio, who led the study. 'The implications of our study are very straightforward and present important new evidence about an unsettled debate in the field of cardiovascular medicine.'

The work could open up new possibilities for optimising the treatments currently in development, as well as alternative new therapies.

'If there is a chemical off-the-shelf, it would be a much more feasible therapy [than stem cell transplants],'Dr Kory Lavine at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, told Nature News.

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Omeros Reports Positive Data Across Primary and Secondary Endpoints in Pivotal Trial of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant-Associated Thrombotic…

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Omeros Corporation (Nasdaq: OMER) today announced positive data from its pivotal clinical trial of the companys novel investigational complement inhibitor narsoplimab in the treatment of hematopoietic stem cell transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (HSCT-TMA), a frequently lethal complication of HSCT. These preliminary data were recently provided to FDA as part of the companys ongoing interactions with the Agency on the narsoplimab Biologics License Application (BLA). All safety and efficacy endpoints including the composite primary endpoint and the secondary endpoints are agreed with FDA. The reported data support a strongly positive benefit-risk balance.

The primary efficacy endpoint in this single-arm open-label trial of HSCT-TMA patients is the proportion of patients who achieve a highly rigorous set of response criteria that requires both improvement in HSCT-TMA laboratory markers and improvement in clinical status (organ function and transfusions). Patients who did not fully meet these criteria were considered non-responders. The secondary endpoints include survival rates and change from baseline in HSCT-TMA laboratory markers. Consistent with the pre-specified statistical analysis plan for the trial, the primary and secondary endpoints are assessed for (1) all patients who received at least one dose of narsoplimab and (2) patients who received at least 4 weeks of narsoplimab dosing. Patients enrolled in this trial had a high expected mortality rate. In severe cases of HSCT-TMA, mortality can exceed 90 percent.

Primary Efficacy Endpoint:

Secondary Endpoints:


The HSCT-TMA patient population enrolled in this trial had multiple high-risk features that portend a poor outcome. These include persistence of HSCT-TMA despite modification of immunosuppression (which was a criterion for entry into the trial), graft-versus-host disease, significant infections, non-infectious pulmonary complications and neurological findings. Patients in the trial had a high expected death rate, with 93 percent of them having multiple risk factors.

Patient enrollment in the pivotal trial has been completed. The details of the endpoints, including the response criteria agreed with FDA, and the number of patients in the trial remain confidential for competitive business reasons.

Last year the company reported data on 19 HSCT-TMA patients treated with narsoplimab on which FDA granted breakthrough therapy designation. The results reported today are even stronger. The response rate remains equally high at 56 percent, while the 100-day survival has improved from 53 percent to 65 percent.

The response rate in this high-risk population would be expected to be 10 to 15 percent with a 100-day survival rate of less than 20 percent. The response rate and 100-day survival achieved with narsoplimab in this trial demonstrate an unprecedented effect in this condition, said Rafael Duarte M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P., Associate Professor, Head of Hematology Department and Hematopoietic Transplantation Program, University Hospital Puerta de Hierro Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain, and Secretary of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. The other secondary endpoints are equally impressive. The data are consistent with my personal experience with narsoplimab. Patients with severe forms of HSCT-TMA have a dismal prognosis with no treatment currently available. I expect a treatment with this profile would be widely adopted for use in these patients and even lead to increased physician recognition of the disorder.

Omeros reported the initiation of its rolling BLA in October. Narsoplimab, also referred to as OMS721, is Omeros lead human monoclonal antibody targeting mannan-binding lectin-associated serine protease-2 (MASP-2) and has breakthrough therapy designation from FDA for this indication.

The striking results seen in our pivotal trial are tremendously gratifying, said Gregory A. Demopulos, M.D., chairman and chief executive officer of Omeros. Our rolling BLA is underway the nonclinical sections have been submitted and the data from this trial form the efficacy basis of the application. We continue to compile the remaining sections of the BLA and look forward to continued partnership with regulators to make narsoplimab widely available for the treatment of this devastating condition.

Data from this pivotal trial will also support the narsoplimab marketing authorization application for HSCT-TMA in Europe. The data are planned for publication and for presentation at international congresses in the first part of 2020.

In addition to breakthrough therapy designation from FDA, narsoplimab has orphan drug designation in both the U.S. and Europe for HSCT-TMA. Narsoplimab also has been awarded breakthrough therapy designation for immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN), and Omeros has Phase 3 programs for narsoplimab ongoing in IgAN and in atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS).

Conference Call and Webcast Details

Omeros management will host a webcast and conference call to present data from its pivotal trial of narsoplimab in HSCT-TMA. The call will be held today at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time; 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time. To access the live conference call via phone, please dial (844) 831-4029 from the United States and Canada or (920) 663-6278 internationally. The participant passcode is 3774209. Please dial in approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. A telephone replay will be available for one week following the call and may be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 from the United States and Canada or (404) 537-3406 internationally. The replay passcode is 3774209.

To access the live or subsequently archived webcast and presentation materials on the internet, go to the companys website at and select Events under the Investors section of the website. To access the live webcast, please connect to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to allow for any software download that may be necessary.

About Omeros Corporation

Omeros is an innovative biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing and commercializing small-molecule and protein therapeutics for large-market as well as orphan indications targeting complement-mediated diseases, disorders of the central nervous system and immune-related diseases, including cancers. In addition to its commercial product OMIDRIA (phenylephrine and ketorolac intraocular solution) 1%/0.3%, Omeros has multiple Phase 3 and Phase 2 clinical-stage development programs focused on complement-mediated disorders and substance abuse. In addition, the company has a diverse group of preclinical programs including GPR174, a novel target in immuno-oncology that modulates a new cancer immunity axis recently discovered by Omeros. Small-molecule inhibitors of GPR174 are part of Omeros proprietary G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) platform through which it controls 54 new GPCR drug targets and their corresponding compounds. The company also exclusively possesses a novel antibody-generating platform.


Hematopoietic stem cell transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (HSCT-TMA) is a significant and often lethal complication of stem cell transplants. This condition is a systemic, multifactorial disorder caused by endothelial cell damage induced by conditioning regimens, immunosuppressant therapies, infection, GvHD, and other factors associated with stem cell transplantation. Endothelial damage, which activates the lectin pathway of complement, plays a central role in the development of HSCT-TMA. The condition occurs in both autologous and allogeneic transplants but is more common in the allogeneic population. In the United States and Europe, approximately 25,000 to 30,000 allogeneic transplants are performed annually. Recent reports in both adult and pediatric allogeneic stem cell transplant populations have found an HSCT-TMA incidence of approximately 40 percent, and high-risk features may be present in up to 80 percent of these patients. In severe cases of HSCT-TMA, mortality can exceed 90 percent and, even in those who survive, long-term renal sequalae are common. There is no approved therapy or standard of care for HSCT-TMA.

About Narsoplimab

Narsoplimab, also known as OMS721, is an investigational human monoclonal antibody targeting mannan-binding lectin-associated serine protease-2 (MASP-2), a novel pro-inflammatory protein target and the effector enzyme of the lectin pathway of complement. Importantly, inhibition of MASP-2 does not appear to interfere with the antibody-dependent classical complement activation pathway, which is a critical component of the acquired immune response to infection. Omeros controls the worldwide rights to MASP-2 and all therapeutics targeting MASP-2.

Phase 3 clinical programs are in progress for narsoplimab in hematopoietic stem cell transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (HSCT-TMA), in immunoglobulin A (IgA) nephropathy, and in atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). The FDA has granted narsoplimab breakthrough therapy designations for HSCT-TMA and for IgA nephropathy; orphan drug status for the prevention (inhibition) of complement-mediated thrombotic microangiopathies, for the treatment of HSCT-TMA and for the treatment of IgA nephropathy; and fast track designation for the treatment of patients with aHUS. The European Medicines Agency has granted orphan drug designation to narsoplimab for treatment in HSCT and for treatment of primary IgA nephropathy.

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Hunter Syndrome Treatment Market Size, Share & Trend Analysis By Treatment, By Region And Segment Forecasts, 2019 – 2026 – P&T Community

NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --

Hunter Syndrome Treatment Market Size, Share & Trend Analysis By Treatment (Enzyme Replacement Therapy, Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2026

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The global hunter syndrome treatment market size is expected to reach a value of USD 1.52 billion by 2026, expanding at a CAGR of 7.1%. High unmet needs, robust pipeline, increasing awareness about this rare disease and growing R&D activities for the development of novel therapies are expected to drive market growth over the forecast period.

Hunter syndrome, also referred as mucopolysaccharidosis type II (MPS II), is a rare genetic disorder caused by the missing or malfunctioning iduronate-2-sulfatase enzyme. According to the data published by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, MPS II syndrome occurs in around 1 in every 100,000 to 150,000 male births.

Presently, there are no approved curative therapies for the treatment of Hunter syndrome.The available treatment options such as enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) and hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) are focused on providing symptomatic relief and management of complications associated with disease progression.

Shire plc's Elaprase (idursulfase) is the only key drug available for the treatment of Hunter syndrome worldwide, with GC Pharma's Hunterase (idursulfase beta) being approved only in South Korea.

Key players are focused on extensive R&D activities for product development and gaining approval as novel therapies.Launch of such novel therapies in the near future is expected to significantly fuel the Hunter syndrome treatment market growth.

For instance, in May 2018, REGENXBIO Inc. received the U.S. FDA's Fast Track designation for its novel drug candidate RGX-121, indicated for the disease treatment.

Further Key Findings from the Study Suggest: The enzyme replacement therapy segment has acquired the largest share in 2018, owing to the increased adoption of Elaprase and the potential approval of Hunterase worldwide The absence of curative therapies for MPS II creates lucrative opportunities for the key players in the market for developing new therapies The launch of late-stage pipeline therapies is expected to drive the market growth during the forecast period Currently, Shire Plc. is one of the leading players, supported by strong sales of their marketed drug ELAPRASE for the disease treatment Major players in the market are adopting inorganic growth strategies such as partnerships and collaborations for the development and commercialization of novel therapies In 2018, North America held a dominant position in the global market, owing to favorable reimbursement scenario, high awareness regarding rare disorders, and presence of major players Some of the key companies in hunter syndrome treatment market include GC Pharma, Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc.; JCR Pharmaceuticals Co Ltd.; RegenxBio Inc.; and Shire Plc. (Takeda Pharmaceutical Company)

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Bo Sun,1,* Yan-Tian Fang,1,* Dan-Juan Jin,2 Zong-You Chen,3 Zhen-Yang Li,3 Xiao-Dong Gu,3 Jian-Bin Xiang3

1Department of Gastric Cancer, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China; 2Department of General Surgery, Songjiang District Central Hospital, Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China; 3Department of General Surgery, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China

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Correspondence: Xiao-Dong Gu; Jian-Bin XiangDepartment of General Surgery, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, 12 Wulumuqi Middle Road, Shanghai 200040, Peoples Republic of ChinaTel +86-21-5288 7044; +86-21-5288 7040Fax +86-21-62495490Email;

Purpose: Colorectal cancer (CRC) stem cells are tumorigenic, capable of self-renewal, and resistant to therapy. Although the expression pattern and functions of micro RNA (miR)-194 in CRC cells have been widely investigated, little is known about its role in CRC stem cells. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the potential role of miR-194 in CRC stem cells.Materials and methods: CRC stem cells were isolated from the SW620 colon cancer cell line using microbeads. The expression levels of miR-194 and slingshot 2 (SSH2) in CRC stem cells were detected by RT-PCR and Western blot. A luciferase reporter assay was performed to confirm that miR-194 directly targets SSH2. Proliferation of CRC stem cells was examined by colony formation and MTT assays. Apoptosis in CRC stem cells was detected by cell cycle and apoptosis assays. The role of miR-194 in tumor growth was determined in vivo.Results: Cells positive for CD44 and CD133 accounted for approximately 88.7% of the isolated population after microbead isolation. We reveal for the first time that miR-194 expression is decreased in CRC stem cells. Specifically, miR-194 is involved in inhibiting the proliferation of CRC stem cells and promoting CRC stem cell apoptosis by directly targeting SSH2. Furthermore, overexpression of miR-194 resulted in blocking the G1/S transition, the induction of cellular apoptotic process, thereby suppressing the malignant behaviors of CRC stem cells.Conclusion: This study represents a novel characterization of miR-194 function in CRC stem cells, which may aid in the development of promising therapeutic strategies targeting CRC.

Keywords: colorectal cancer, miR-194, SSH2, proliferation, stem cell

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