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Acceleron Pharma, Celgene Corporation (CELG) And Collaborators Announce Two Publications In Nature Medicine Describing Sotatercept And ACE-536 Therapeutic Potential In Beta-Thalassemia And Myelodysplastic Syndromes


3/24/2014 7:39:45 AM

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SUMMIT, N.J. & CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) and Acceleron Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: XLRN), announced the publication of two papers available online today and in the April issue of the journal Nature Medicine that describe how sotatercept and ACE-536 promote red blood cell formation through an erythropoietin (EPO) independent mechanism in mice. EPO stimulates the proliferation of early-stage red blood cell precursors to form new red blood cells. However, anemias associated with defects in the late-stages of red blood cell formation, known as ineffective erythropoiesis, are resistant to EPO treatment. These studies suggest that sotatercept and ACE-536 may promote and regulate the maturation of late-stage red blood cell precursors and this distinct activity supports the rationale for sotatercept and ACE-536 as potential novel therapies to correct anemia, including the EPO-resistant anemia, in diseases such as beta-thalassemia and myelodysplastic syndromes.

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