In a study published in Neonatology on Oct. 13, 2017, researchers from George Washington University, Washington, DC using newborn piglet models exposed to hypoxia-ischemia studied the ffect of standard cooling therapy (therapeutic hypothermia) alone and in combination with a selective Src kinase inhibitor, PP2, that blocks a regulatory enzyme of apoptosis (cell death). PP2 is a substance that has frequently been used in cancer research as a "selective" inhibitor for Src-family kinases. This stud...
In a paper just published online in the journal The Lancet , Craig McDonald and colleagues at 53 study sites in 18 countries describe the clinical benefit of using the drug ataluren for a certain group of patients carrying a specific "nonsense mutation" for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a progressive and life-limiting X-linked recessive disorder caused by mutations in the DMD gene that result in reduced or absent dystrophin production. Dystrophin is part of th...