Novel Osteobiologic Proteins for Treatment of Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid and Neurologic Diseases
Posted Jun 02 2010 5:00pm
Description of Invention: In an effort to find effective strategies for treatment of body tissue and structural damage as the result of trauma, cancer and other diseases, scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have identified proteins and associated pathways instrumental in replacing or regenerating damaged tissue. The identified proteins include Cartilage-Derived Morphogenetic Proteins (CDMP), Bone Morphogenetic Proteins (BMPs) and a tissue fate modifying FRZB Protein. Each has unique activities likely to be useful as stand alone agents or in construction of engineered tissues.
CDMPs appear helpful in the healing of bone and joint surface lesions, and also for the repair or reconstruction of cartilaginous tissues, tendons and ligaments. BMP antagonists will be useful in the study of stem cell differentiation. FRZB Protein, a tissue fate modifying secretable antagonist of Wnt signaling, is involved in the formation of cartilage, bone, neural and muscle tissue.
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