Isis Pharmaceuticals has opened a second phase 3 trial to test its "antisense" drug for spinal muscular atrophy in children ages 2 to 12
Update (Dec. 1, 2014): Isis has announced that its partner, Biogen Idec, plans to conduct a phase 2 trial of ISIS-SMNRx in up to 25 presymptomatic newborns genetically predisposed to develop SMA, as well as a phase 2 study of this drug in approximately 20 patients with infantile or childhood-onset SMA who do not meet the inclusion criteria for the current phase 3 studies. These two additional...
The investigational compound is designed to raise levels of the SMN protein, a lack of which is the underlying cause of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
PTC Therapeutics, a South Plainfield, N.J., biopharmaceutical company, says it will soon open a trial to test the safety and tolerability of its investigational drug RG7800 in adults and children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). The announcement was made in a Nov. 19, 2014, press release.
Preliminary results from four infants in a phase 2 trial of ISIS-SMNRx suggest the drug is well-tolerated and may prolong ventilator-free survival
Interim results of a phase 2 clinical trial to test multiple doses of the experimental drug ISIS-SMNRx in infants with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) suggest that the drug is well-tolerated and may prolong ventilator-free survival.
MDA-funded researchers say SMN, which is deficient in spinal muscular atrophy, is most needed during early life and in skeletal muscle and nerve tissues
Raising levels of the SMN protein, which is deficient in patients with the most common form of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), has been the holy grail of therapy for this disease since the 1990s and is the goal of several experimental compounds now in development.
Mutations in the DYNC1H1 gene cause a rare form of spinal muscular atrophy; plastin 3 contributes to movement problems in SMN-related SMA
Below are highlights of two recent studies in spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a disease in which the nerve cells (motor neurons) that control muscles in the spinal cord die, causing progressive weakness in the voluntary muscles.
Preserving a shortened version of the SMN protein rescued SMN-deficient cells, opening the door to a possible new therapeutic strategy
A research team at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has characterized the mechanism responsible for rapid decay of the survival of motor neurons (SMN) protein that is encoded by the human SMN2 gene and which plays a key role in a variety of therapeutic strategies under development for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
A research team reports 'unprecedented' improvement in newborn SMA-affected mice that received gene therapy via intravenous injection
Scientists at four U.S. institutions have successfully used gene therapy to treat very young mice with a disease resembling severe spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Study results were published online Feb. 28, 2010, in the journal Nature Biotechnology.