LA JOLLA, Calif., Oct. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Regulus Therapeutics Inc. (RGLS), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines targeting microRNAs, today announced that it presented preclinical data that identifies RGLS4326, a first-in-class anti-miR-17 oligonucleotide, as a potential disease-modifying treatment for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) at the Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society (OTS) Annual Meeting held October 13-16, 2019 in Munich, Germany.
The poster presentation is available for download at http://regulusrx.com/publications.
Poster Presentation #073: Discovery of anti-miR-17 oligonucleotide RGLS4326 for the treatment of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease
"We are pleased to have made a presentation of our RGLS4326 preclinical data during this year's OTS meeting and the unique mechanism of targeting miR-17 in order to treat patients with ADPKD," said Jay Hagan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Regulus.
ADPKD, caused by the mutations in the PKD1 or PKD2 genes, is among the most common human monogenic disorders and a leading cause of end-stage renal disease. The disease is characterized by the development of multiple fluid filled cysts primarily in the kidneys, and to a lesser extent in the liver and other organs. Excessive kidney cyst cell proliferation, a central pathological feature, ultimately leads to end-stage renal disease in approximately 50% of ADPKD patients by age 60.
RGLS4326 is a novel oligonucleotide designed to inhibit miR-17 and designed to preferentially target the kidney. Preclinical studies with RGLS4326 have demonstrated direct regulation of PKD1 and PKD2 in human ADPKD cyst cells, a reduction in kidney cyst formation, improved kidney weight/body weight ratio, decreased cyst cell proliferation, and preserved kidney function in mouse models of ADPKD. The RGLS4326 IND is currently on a partial clinical hold by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Regulus Therapeutics Inc. (RGLS) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines targeting microRNAs. Regulus maintains its corporate headquarters in La Jolla, CA.
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