Soft Bones, Inc. Awards its 2020 Grant to Sanford Burnham Prebys Researcher to Promote Gene Therapy Advancements in Hypophosphatasia
BOONTON, N.J., Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Soft Bones, Inc., an organization dedicated to providing information, education and support to those affected by hypophosphatasia (HPP), is pleased to award its annual Maher Family Grant to Flávia Amadeu de Oliveira, PhD, a post-doctoral associate at the Millan Lab at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in La Jolla, California, to study the potential of gene therapy in HPP.
The study objectives look to determine the efficacy of viral vector delivery of mineral-targeted tissue non-specific alkaline phosphatase (TNAP) to treat late onset or adult HPP.
"I have a long-standing interest in bone biology, especially in the molecular mechanisms that regulate bone homeostasis," said Dr. Amadeu de Oliveira. "Overall, my goal through this research proposal is to test if chronic administration of mineral-targeted TNAP in HPP mice with superimposed chronic kidney disease, which manifests vascular calcification, may have adverse consequences. In doing so, I will also attempt to validate viral vector delivery of mineral-targeted TNAP to correct the soft bones disease in late-onset HPP mice. Overall, this study will contribute to devising safe and improved therapies for HPP," she continued.
The Scientific Advisory Board for Soft Bones carefully considers grant applications and this year solicited submissions that would help advance gene therapy in HPP.
"The implications of this work may extend to all forms of HPP, not just adult," says Dr. Jose Luis Millan, Soft Bones Scientific Advisory Board member and Professor of Human Genetics at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. "The findings could be relevant to the entire HPP spectrum."
More information about hypophosphatasia, past grant winners and existing research can be found at www.softbones.org.
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