Author Archives: Margarida Maia

Most benefit of RSLV-132 seen in patients with more active SLE

Treatment with RSLV-132 failed to lessen the severity and visible damage caused by skin lesions in people with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in a Phase 2 clinical trial. But the experimental RNA-digesting enzyme did tend to ease general symptoms in patients with more active SLE. That’s according to data…

DNA-bound proteins from NETs predict worse kidney outcomes

DNA-bound proteins released from traps cast by neutrophils, a type of immune cell, may help predict which lupus nephritis patients are most likely to respond to treatment two years after a renal (kidney) flare, a study indicates. Those with higher levels of Elastase-DNA and HMGB1-DNA were…

Longer clinical remission leads to better kidney function: Study

People with lupus nephritis who are in clinical remission, with no symptoms for at least one year, are 82% less likely to experience impaired kidney function than those who do not remain in remission, a study has found. Moreover, longer sustained remission increases the odds of patients staying in remission…

China clears Phase 1/2 trial of GC012F in difficult-to-treat SLE

China’s regulatory body has given Gracell Biotechnologies the green light to launch a Phase 1/2 clinical trial testing GC012F, an experimental dual-targeting CAR T-cell therapy, in people with difficult-to-treat systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The decision by China’s National Medical Products Administration comes shortly after the U.S. Food and…

Otsuka seeks approval in Japan of Lupkynis for lupus nephritis

Otsuka Pharmaceutical is seeking approval in Japan to manufacture and market Lupkynis (voclosporin) for the treatment of lupus nephritis, a kidney complication of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The new drug application filed by Otsuka will be reviewed and decided upon by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour,…

CAR T-cell therapy shown to drive long-term remission in SLE patients

A CAR T-cell therapy targeting B-cells, a type of immune cells, was found to clear disease-causing autoantibodies from the bloodstream of eight people with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) — without compromising the patients’ ability to respond to vaccines — new trial data show. The experimental therapy also drove the…

Kyverna, Charité partner to study effects of B-cell-targeting therapies

Kyverna Therapeutics has signed a research funding deal with Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, in Germany, to study how therapies targeting immune B-cells may improve clinical outcomes of people with whole-body, or systemic, autoimmune diseases such as lupus. The deal also covers studies on CAR T-cell therapies, including Kyverna’s experimental…

Lupus Research Alliance gives awards to 5 minority researchers

The Lupus Research Alliance has named the winners of this year’s Awards to Promote Diversity in Lupus Research, all from underrepresented minority groups who are interested in studying lupus. Four researchers were selected to receive a Career Development Award, which provides up to $600,000 over four years to…