An increase in dystrophin was seen in a foot muscle in 61 percent of boys with nonsense-mutation DMD treated with ataluren in an MDA-supported study
An increase in levels of the dystrophin protein was seen after treatment with the experimental drug ataluren (originally called PTC124) in an MDA-supported, phase 2a, open-label trial of 38 boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) caused by a specific type of mutation in the dystrophin gene.
Although the experimental Duchenne-Becker MD drug ataluren appeared to benefit walking ability in a clinical trial, some researchers question whether it works via stop codon read-through
It's been widely accepted that the mechanism by which the experimental drug ataluren appears to benefit walking ability in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) is that it causes "read-through" of premature stop codons — genetic instructions that cause cells to stop making a protein before the process is complete.
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The experimental drug ataluren, developed to overcome nonsense mutations in Duchenne and Becker MD, did not meet its primary end point in a large-scale human trial
The biopharmaceutical firm PTC Therapeutics announced March 3 that ataluren, its experimental drug for certain forms of Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophy, although safe and well tolerated, failed to meet its primary end point within the 48-week duration of the phase 2b trial. That end point was an improvement in how far boys with DMD or BMD could walk in six minutes.
PTC Therapeutics, with support from MDA, is testing ataluren in boys with DMD or BMD who have nonsense mutations and are no longer walking.
Update (March 3, 2010): An update to the article Ataluren Results Disappointing was posted.