Genaera Presents Promising Preclinical Type 2 Diabetes Data For Trodusquemine

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Genaera Corporation announced a poster presentation of preclinical data on trodusquemine (MSI-1436), Genaera's lead drug candidate for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and obesity, during the Diabetes Mellitus, Insulin Action and Resistance Keystone Symposia in Breckenridge, Colorado.

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Genaera research scientists concluded that treatment with MSI-1436 leads to marked improvement in glucose tolerance and lowers plasma insulin levels in diet-induced obese (DIO) mice and improves fasting blood glucose and glucose tolerance in hyperglycemic animal models, and that these effects are maintained over time. In one study, the researchers reported that four weekly treatments of MSI-1436 administered to DIO mice resulted in significant reductions in plasma insulin levels.

Additionally, hyperglycemic (Ob/Ob) mice treated with weekly doses of MSI-1436 for 122 days demonstrated that the significant improvements in glucose tolerance, as measured by oral glucose tolerance testing can be sustained during long periods of therapy. The scientists concluded that the anti-diabetic properties of MSI-1436 included improved insulin sensitivity, lowering of plasma insulin levels and durable improvements in fasting blood glucose and glucose tolerance.

"This encouraging preclinical work continues to provide strong basic science support and direction for our efforts to explore MSI-1436 as a therapy for type 2 diabetes," stated Jack Armstrong, President and Chief Executive Officer of Genaera. "With our recent investigational new drug (IND) filing for type 2 diabetes now in effect and the positive metabolic data from our first completed Phase 1 study in obesity, we are executing upon our strategy to evaluate the potential of MSI-1436 to impact both type 2 diabetes and obesity."

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