ZyVersa Therapeutics Announces Research Published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation Reinforcing IC 100’s Rationale for Inhibiting ASC Specks to Attenuate Spread of Inflammation into Surrounding Tissues

  • Patients with chronic kidney disease (“CKD”) exhibit chronic systemic inflammation characterized by increased circulating levels of IL-1β, IL-6, and CRP.
  • This study demonstrated that CKD-induced IL-1β activates NLRP3 inflammasomes in the heart’s atria to trigger inflammation promoting the onset and progression of atrial fibrillation (“AF”).  
  • ZyVersa is developing Inflammasome ASC Inhibitor IC 100, designed to inhibit inflammasomes and their associated extracellular ASC specks to attenuate propagation of IL-1β that triggers damaging inflammation and its spread to surrounding tissues.

WESTON, Fla., Sept. 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ZyVersa Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZVSA, or “ZyVersa”), a clinical stage specialty biopharmaceutical company developing first-in-class drugs for treatment of inflammatory and renal diseases, announces publication of a paper in the peer-reviewed Journal of Clinical Investigation highlighting how inflammation in the kidneys can trigger inflammation in the heart.

In the paper titled, “Chronic kidney disease promotes atrial fibrillation via inflammasome pathway activation,” the authors conducted a study in mouse models of CKD and in-vitro studies with serum from CKD patients and atrial samples from CKD and other patients undergoing open heart surgery. Data from the research indicate that CKD creates a substrate (IL-1β) that activates NLRP3 inflammasomes in the heart’s atria triggering damaging inflammation associated with adverse atrial remodeling and dysfunction leading to AF.

The authors stated, “Together, these findings support the idea that CKD-induced systemic inflammatory factors activate the atrial NLRP3 inflammasome thereby promoting the onset of AF. This hypothesis is supported by the fact that genetic ablation of NLRP3 protected against abnormal atrial activation, atrial fibrosis and atrial enlargement induced by CKD.” To read the article, Click Here.

ZyVersa is developing Inflammasome ASC Inhibitor IC 100 to inhibit multiple inflammasomes, including NLRP3, and their associated ASC specs to attenuate release and perpetuation of circulating IL-1β to control inflammation in various inflammatory diseases.

“The research published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation reinforces the importance of attenuating extracellular propagation of IL-1β to minimize induction and perpetuation of inflammation in surrounding tissues,” commented Stephen C. Glover, ZyVersa’s Co-founder, Chairman, CEO, and President. “ZyVersa’s Inflammasome ASC inhibitor IC 100 is designed to inhibit formation of multiple types of inflammasomes to attenuate initiation of the inflammatory cascade, and to inhibit their associated ASC specks to reduce perpetuation of damaging inflammation.” To review a white paper summarizing the mechanism of action and preclinical data for IC 100, Click Here.

About Inflammasome ASC Inhibitor IC 100

IC 100 is a novel humanized IgG4 monoclonal antibody that inhibits the inflammasome adaptor protein ASC. IC 100 was designed to attenuate both initiation and perpetuation of the inflammatory response. It does so by binding to a specific region of the ASC component of multiple types of inflammasomes, including NLRP1, NLRP2, NLRP3, NLRC4, AIM2, Pyrin. Intracellularly, IC 100 binds to ASC monomers, inhibiting inflammasome formation, thereby blocking activation of IL-1β early in the inflammatory cascade. IC 100 also binds to ASC in ASC Specks, both intracellularly and extracellularly, further blocking activation of IL-1β and the perpetuation of the inflammatory response that is pathogenic in inflammatory diseases. Because active cytokines amplify adaptive immunity through various mechanisms, IC 100, by attenuating cytokine activation, also attenuates the adaptive immune response.

About ZyVersa Therapeutics, Inc.

ZyVersa (Nasdaq: ZVSA) is a clinical stage specialty biopharmaceutical company leveraging advanced, proprietary technologies to develop first-in-class drugs for patients with renal and inflammatory diseases who have significant unmet medical needs. The Company is currently advancing a therapeutic development pipeline with multiple programs built around its two proprietary technologies – Cholesterol Efflux Mediator™ VAR 200 for treatment of kidney diseases, and Inflammasome ASC Inhibitor IC 100, targeting damaging inflammation associated with numerous CNS and other inflammatory diseases. For more information, please visit www.zyversa.com.

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