CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNTA), a biotechnology company specializing in the characterization and engineering of complex drugs, today announced that data from preclinical studies on its M230 program were published in Science Translational Medicine. The article describes fundamental insights into the mechanism of Fc? receptor (Fc?R) modulation that facilitated the design of multivalent Fc therapeutics, including M230, a selective immunomodulator of Fc receptors (SIFs).
Autoantibody immune complex (IC) recruitment and activation of Fc?Rs on immune cells is a pathological mechanism inherent to numerous autoimmune diseases. The inhibition of this mechanism is therefore a desirable target for therapeutic intervention, but the successful development of drug candidates has been limited by an incomplete understanding of Fc?R biology and structural determinants controlling Fc-Fc?R interactions. To this end, Momenta engineered a panel of multivalent proteins featuring different numbers of Fc domains and configurations, and performed a series of structure-activity relationship studies to characterize their Fc?R binding avidity and extent of immune cell activation potential. These studies identified a trivalent Fc protein (M230) as the optimal structure combining high avidity binding without immune cell activation. M230 subsequently proved to potently inhibit multiple mechanisms of IC-driven cellular activation and displayed up to 40 times greater in-vivo potency than intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) in animal models of rheumatoid arthritis, immune thrombocytopenic purpura, and epidermolysis bullosa acquisita.
“Other companies have attempted to target the inhibition of the Fc?R system with heterogeneous Fc polymers but, through our work and expertise in understanding structure-function relationships, we have identified what we believe to be optimal properties of multivalent Fc products for blocking IC-mediated damage,” said Anthony Manning, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Research at Momenta and co-author on the paper. “We believe these insights can also be applied to the design of other novel therapeutics that utilize Fc?R interactions as part of their mechanism of action. We look forward to bringing M230 into the clinic and are targeting the initiation of a first-in-human study next year.”
The article is titled "Elucidating the interplay between IgG-Fc valency and Fc?R activation for the design of immune complex inhibitors" and is available at http://stm.sciencemag.org/lookup/doi/10.1126/scitranslmed.aaf9418.
About M230, Selective Immunomodulator of Fc Receptors (SIF3)
Antigen-autoantibody immune complexes (ICs) are a common pathogenic hallmark of many autoimmune diseases. The multiple Fc domains of ICs aggregate Fc? receptors (Fc?Rs), triggering cellular activation processes that play critical roles in inflammation. The rational engineering of therapeutics that broadly antagonize Fc?Rs has been hampered by a limited understanding of the molecular determinants directing Fc?R activation. Through the engineering and characterization of oligomeric Fc structures, Momenta was able to provide novel insights on Fc?R modulation and has generated a unique recombinant Fc oligomer therapeutic candidate, referred to as M230, with optimal physiochemical and biological properties. Preclinical studies with M230 have shown enhanced potency over intravenous immunoglobulin in animal models of autoimmune disease. M230 is currently in preclinical development and has the potential to be developed as a first-in-class therapeutic for patients with IC-driven disease.
Momenta Pharmaceuticals is a biotechnology company specializing in the detailed structural and functional analysis of complex drugs and is headquartered in Cambridge, MA. Momenta is applying its technology to the development of generic versions of complex drugs, biosimilar and potentially interchangeable biologics, and to the discovery and development of novel therapeutics for autoimmune indications.
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