Ganaxolone Reduces Seizures and Improves Behaviors in Angelman Syndrome Preclinical Model
14 February 2017
Data Published in Neuropharmacology
RADNOR, Pa., Feb. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:MRNS), a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of innovative therapeutics to treat epilepsy and neuropsychiatric disorders, today announced the publication of preclinical data in the January issue of Neuropharmacology, showing that its positive allosteric modulator of GABAA, ganaxolone ameliorates many of the behavioral abnormalities in a mouse model of adult Angelman syndrome (AS). Evidence from experimental models suggests that AS may be associated with deficient extrasynaptic GABAA receptor function. AS is a rare neurogenetic disorder characterized by severe developmental delay, motor impairments and epilepsy.
The published article, co-authored by, among others, Michael A. Rogawski, M.D., Ph.D, professor of neurology and pharmacology at the School of Medicine, University of California, Davis, and titled “Effects of the synthetic neurosteroid ganaxolone on seizure activity and behavioral deficits in an Angelman syndrome mouse model,” provided the outcomes of a study in an AS mouse model which evaluated the potential therapeutic benefit that could be achieved by restoring extrasynaptic GABAA receptor function. The results showed that ganaxolone-treated mice exhibited improved anxiety measures, positive motor benefits, and reduced seizures with both short- and long-term treatment. Importantly, there was no tolerance to the antiseizure efficacy of ganaxolone or to its other therapeutic actions.
As stated in the published article, “Our present results indicate that ganaxolone might be particularly well suited as a symptomatic treatment for AS, with the potential to not only treat the seizures but also to provide long-lasting improvement in the diverse neurobehavioral and motor symptoms.”1
Dr. Jaakko Lappalainen, vice president of clinical development at Marinus Pharmaceuticals commented, “I am impressed with these data showing that ganaxolone was anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, and improved motor deficits in a mouse model of AS. One of the most notable effects of ganaxolone is the reversal of the motor and learning deficits in the AS mice, which if translatable to humans, could significantly improve the quality of life in AS patients. These data support the rationale to investigate ganaxolone in the future as a symptomatic treatment for AS.”
1 Ciarlone, S.L., Wang, X., Rogawski, M.A., Weeber, E.J., Effects of the synthetic neurosteroid ganaxolone on seizure activity and behavioral deficits in an Angelman syndrome mouse model, Neuropharmacology (2017), doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2016.12.009.
Ganaxolone, a positive allosteric modulator of GABAA, is being developed in three different dose forms (intravenous, capsule, and liquid) intended to maximize therapeutic reach to adult and pediatric patient populations in both acute and chronic care settings. Ganaxolone exhibits antiseizure and antianxiety actions via its effects on synaptic and extrasynaptic GABAA receptors. Ganaxolone has been studied in more than 1,400 subjects, both pediatric and adult, at therapeutically relevant dose levels and treatment regimens for up to two years. In these studies, ganaxolone was generally safe and well tolerated. The most commonly reported adverse events were somnolence, dizziness and fatigue.
About Marinus Pharmaceuticals
Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of ganaxolone, which offers a new mechanism of action, demonstrated efficacy and safety, and convenient dosing to improve the lives of patients suffering from epilepsy and neuropsychiatric disorders. Ganaxolone is a positive allosteric modulator of GABAA that acts on a well-characterized target in the brain known to have both antiseizure and antianxiety effects. Ganaxolone is being developed in three different dose forms (IV, capsule and liquid) intended to maximize therapeutic reach to adult and pediatric patient populations in both acute and chronic care settings. Marinus is currently evaluating ganaxolone in orphan pediatric indications for the treatment of genetic seizure and behavior disorders, and preparing to initiate Phase 2 studies in status epilepticus, an orphan indication, and postpartum depression. For more information visit www.marinuspharma.com.
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