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|Vitae Pharmaceuticals Opens Phase 2a Proof-of-Concept Trial of VTP-38543 in Atopic Dermatitis Patients|
This proof-of-concept trial will be Vitae's first assessment of VTP-38543 in humans, and is a randomized, double-blind trial to evaluate the safety, tolerability, efficacy, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of multiple ascending topical doses of VTP-38543 in approximately 100 adult patients with mild to moderate AD. Top-line results from this trial are expected in the second half of 2016.
"Atopic dermatitis represents a significant unmet medical need, with a health-related quality of life impact exceeding that of asthma, epilepsy and diabetes. Current therapies address the inflammation associated with the disease, but do not directly address the accompanying breakdown of the skin's barrier function, which can be an important independent driver of the disease process," said Dr.
About Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a skin condition affecting approximately 17.5 million infants, adolescents and adults in the U.S. It is characterized by intense itching and is caused by both inflammation and a breakdown of the skin's barrier function. Activation of LXR in skin keratinocytes, the most common cell type in the outer layer of skin, has been shown to increase the formation of corneocytes and the production of lamellar lipids (the 'bricks and mortar' of the outer layer of skin). LXR activation also has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect in skin equivalent to a high potency corticosteroid. Vitae believes that increasing LXR activity with VTP-38543 may be beneficial for AD patients by both decreasing skin inflammation and repairing the damaged outer layer of skin.
VTP-38543 is Vitae's LXRβ selective agonist with the potential to significantly impact the treatment of atopic dermatitis (AD), a common inflammatory skin disease. In preclinical studies, VTP-38543 was shown to increase LXR activity, decrease skin inflammation, and increase the production and secretion of lipids necessary for maintaining the barrier function, resulting in a potentially superior therapy for AD.
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