NORCROSS, Ga., Dec. 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Galectin Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq:GALT), the leading developer of therapeutics that target galectin proteins to treat fibrosis and cancer, today announced that new preclinical data show its leading galectin-inhibiting drugs – GR-MD-02 and GM-CT-01 – demonstrate positive therapeutic effects on nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH, or fatty liver disease) with fibrosis. Results were published in an article titled "Therapy of Experimental NASH and Fibrosis with Galectin Inhibitors" in the peer-reviewed, open-access journal PLOS ONE.
In the study, NASH-induced mice were treated with GM-CT-01 and GR-MD-02 at two different points – early fibrosis and later more severe fibrosis. The studies evaluated twice-weekly, dose escalation of once weekly by intravenous administration, as well as evaluated different routes of administration including intravenous, subcutaneous and oral.
Results revealed that treatment with GR-MD-02 significantly improved NASH activity and reduced fibrosis including prevention of accumulation of collagen and/or reduced accumulated collagen in the liver. Similar effects were seen with GM-CT-01 but with approximately four-fold lower potency than GR-MD-02. The data also show reduction in galectin-3 expression and other inflammatory biomarkers. The PLOS ONE article can be found online at http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0083481"There are currently no approved treatments for fatty liver disease with fibrosis, a major health problem in the United States. These preclinical findings add to our scientific understanding of the role galectin inhibitors play in the treatment of fatty liver disease," said Peter G. Traber, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, President and Chief Medical Officer, Galectin Therapeutics. "The results support our current Phase 1 clinical trial of GR-MD-02 and our long-term development programs for GM-CT-01 and GR-MD-02." GM-CT-01 and GR-MD-02 are proprietary molecules that bind to and inhibit galectin proteins, predominantly galectin-3. Six of eight patients have been enrolled and infused in cohort 1 of a blinded Phase 1 clinical trial of GR-MD-02 for patients with NASH with advanced fibrosis. Enrollment continues and no serious adverse events have been reported. The Phase 1 first-in-man study is evaluating the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics and exploratory biomarkers for efficacy for single and multiple doses of GR-MD-02 when administered to patients with fatty liver disease with advanced fibrosis. Clinical data from the first cohort is expected early in 2014.
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.
- Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV