Medical Xpress New protein structure could help treat Alzheimer's, related diseases Medical Xpress University of Washington bioengineers have a designed a peptide structure that can stop the harmful changes of the body's normal proteins into a...
Azom.com Antimicrobial Peptide Molecule Coatings May Help Block Human Infections Azom.com The WPI team is engineering surfaces with molecules called antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), several of which have been extracted from fish gills where they...
UK-based AstraZeneca has reported results from its longest, randomised, head-to-head DURATION-3 trial of exenatide once-weekly, a long-acting glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist used to treat type 2 diabetes in adult patients...
Scientists are using Mira to virtually design unique, artificial peptides, or short proteins. Peptides have the best properties of two different classes of medical drugs today and could enable future, peptide-based medicines with few side effects. As researchers begin to develop new peptides, they are optimizing their in-house software to test thousands of potential peptide structure designs in tandem, requiring a state-of-the-art supercomputer.
Ingredient supplier Lipotec has announced its latest functional ingredient, Pollushield, which targets skin protection from urban pollution by helping to prevent the accumulation of pollution particles in the epidermis.
The Biological SCENE Wasp Venom Peptide Selectively Punctures Cancer Cell Membranes The Biological SCENE The peptide bound to the PC/PS membrane, but the pores it made were small enough for the membrane to seal itself.
Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) and Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, through a subsidiary, announced today that they have entered into an agreement to explore the therapeutic potential of the combination of Pfizer’s crizotinib (XALKORI®) with Merck’s investigational anti-PD-1 antibody pembrolizumab, in a Phase 1b clinical study evaluating the safety and tolerability of the combination in patients with ALK-positive advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Both companies previously announced plans to evaluate the safety and efficacy of pembrolizumab in combination with Pfizer’s small molecule kinase inhibitor axitinib (INLYTA®) in patients with renal cell carcinoma. Separately, pembrolizumab plus Pfizer’s PF-05082566 (PF-2566), an investigational immuno-oncology agent that targets the human 4-1BB receptor, will be evaluated in multiple cancer types. These studies are expected to begin enrollment later this year.
About Pembrolizumab Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) is an investigational, humanized, monoclonal antibody against PD-1 designed to reactivate anti-tumor immunity. Pembrolizumab exerts dual ligand blockade of the PD-1 pathway by inhibiting the interaction of PD-1 on T cells with its ligands PD-L1 and PD-L2.
Pembrolizumab is currently being evaluated across more than 30 types of cancers, as monotherapy and in combination. It is anticipated that by the end of 2014, the pembrolizumab development program will grow to more than 24 clinical trials, enrolling an estimated 6,000 patients at nearly 300 clinical trial sites worldwide. For information about Merck’s oncology clinical studies, please visit http://www.merck.com/clinical-trials/index.html.
XALKORI® (crizotinib) Indication and Important Safety Information XALKORI is a kinase inhibitor indicated for the treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors are anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive as detected by an FDA-approved test.
In a remarkable series of experiments on a fungus that causes cryptococcal meningitis, a deadly infection of the membranes that cover the spinal cord and brain, investigators at UC Davis have isolated a protein that appears to be responsible for the fungus’ ability to cross from the bloodstream into the brain.
Synthetic Peptide Allows Chemo Drugs to Slip Across Blood-Brain Barrier Genetic Engineering News Such was the thinking of researchers at the Mayo Clinic, who have demonstrated in a mouse model that their recently developed synthetic peptide carrier...
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