|Source||Humanized (from mouse)|
|Chemical and physical data|
|Molar mass||145.2 kg/mol|
Ozanezumab targets a protein called Neurite Outgrowth Inhibitor (NOGO-A) or Reticulon 4. NOGO-A is a protein that in humans is encoded by the RTN4 gene that has been identified as an inhibitor of neurite outgrowth specific to the central nervous system. NOGO-A is found at higher than normal levels in persons with MND.
This drug was developed by GlaxoSmithKline under the identifier GSK 1223249.
"NOGO-A blocks neurons from growing toward muscle once the connection has been made. When motor neurons degenerate and the connection becomes weakened, NOGO-A would work against keeping that nerve/muscle contact strong. Increased NOGO-A has been observed in muscle of people with ALS and ozanezumab delayed symptom onset and improved survival in ALS model mice. Thus, it is hoped that it will preserve muscle function and slow the rate of ALS progression in humans."
Nature article about the mechanism behind this Jokic, 2006. Another article on the subject is Smidt(2009), Axon guidance proteins - Novel therapeutic targets for ALS
There is an audio podcast about NOGO-A and Ozanezumab by an expert available here.
The antibodies in our body work by binding to foreign material (such as bacteria and viruses) so that it is no longer dangerous and can be 'labelled for destruction' for white blood cells. Monoclonal antibodies, like ozanezumab, are commercially designed antibodies which 'mop up' and bind to a specific target, in this case Nogo-A. This means that ozanezumab is able to help limit the loss of connections between motor neurones and muscles.
Ozanezumab is an intravenous drug (administered directly into the blood stream).
GlaxoSmithKlyne lists three reports with results of phase I studies:
- A Single and Repeat Dose Escalation Study of the Safety, Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of GSK1223249 in Patients with ALS. — 111330
- A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, single ascending dose study exploring the preliminary safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of GSK1223249 administered by intravenous (IV) infusion to patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis, not on disease modifying therapy. — 112988
- A randomized, single blind, placebo-controlled, single ascending dose/repeat dose cohort study to assess safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics and immunogenicity of GSK1223249 in patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. — 114840
- Statement On A Nonproprietary Name Adopted By The USAN Council - Ozanezumab, American Medical Association.
- What is MND?