BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Spherix Incorporated (NASDAQ: SPEX) – an innovator in biotechnology for therapy in diabetes, metabolic syndrome and atherosclerosis, and providers of technical and regulatory consulting services to food, supplement, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies – today announced that its drug candidate, SPX-106, achieved statistically significant reductions in VLDL and LDL cholesterol when administered in combination with Dtagatose (SPX-106T) for nine weeks to genetically engineered mice prone to dyslipidemia. The aortas of these mice also showed reductions in the extent of atherosclerotic lesions as measured by lesion area in response to treatment. These lipoprotein analysis and lesion measurement results represent the final data from the study whose earlier triglycerides outcome was first announced on June 2, 2011. Treatment of animals using a range of low doses of SPX-106T twice-daily significantly reduced VLDL by 35% (from 127 mg/dl to 82 mg/dl) and LDL by 18% (from 141 to 116 mg/dl) ( p=0.05). Importantly, the same therapy also reduced atherosclerotic lesion area in the aortic arch to less than one-half the value of the untreated group (graphic available at http://www.spherix.com/pdf/press/PRgraphic9-12-11.pdf). The aortic arch is generally the region where vessel disease first develops. In longer studies and in models in which high serum triglycerides fully develops, disease spreads in the vessel from the aortic arch to include the thoracic aorta. The study was not powered for an atherosclerosis endpoint and the aortas were obtained for post hoc analysis when the effectiveness of SPX-106T in lowering triglycerides and cholesterol became apparent. Earlier this year Spherix initiated the preclinical development of SPX-106T as a treatment for hypertriglyceridemia in one arm of a study designed to evaluate both D-tagatose alone and the combination. The first studies designed specifically to test SPX-106T are nearing completion and results will be announced this fall. The Company plans to start an initial human efficacy study in the first quarter of 2012. Rapid progression to the clinic is made possible by the experienced team in place at the Company.