Safety, tolerability and pharmacodynamics of a novel immunomodulator, MIS416, in patients with chronic progressive multiple sclerosis

Mult Scler J Exp Transl Clin. 2015 May 12;1:2055217315583385. doi: 10.1177/2055217315583385. eCollection Jan-Dec 2015.


Background: Preclinical studies have demonstrated that MIS416, a bacterially derived immune modulator, targets myeloid cells following systemic delivery. MIS416 stimulated myeloid cells have the capacity to regulate innate inflammation, a potential therapeutic target for progressive multiple sclerosis.

Objectives: To determine the safety, tolerability, pharmacodynamics and maximum tolerated dose and/or recommended Phase 2 dose of MIS416.

Methods: An open-label, non-randomized, phase II, dose-escalation study, in patients with progressive multiple sclerosis: dose-escalation phase, with MIS416 administered once weekly for four weeks to determine maximum tolerated dose; and dose-confirmation phase, administered once weekly for up to 12 weeks.

Results: The safety profile indicates the majority of adverse events were mild or moderate, tolerable, self-limiting and consistent with the known bioactivity of MIS416 (acute flu-like symptoms). Maximum tolerated dose was not reached. A dose of 500 µg/week was recommended for the Phase 2 dose.

Conclusion: MIS416 is well tolerated at a dose of 500 µg/week. The adverse event profile is consistent with the mechanism of action of MIS416, indicating bioactivity within the signal transduction pathways and supported by induction of a known MIS416 pharmacodynamic marker. It is recommended that safety and efficacy of MIS416 is investigated further in a larger randomized controlled trial. reference NCT01191996.

Keywords: MIS416; Multiple sclerosis; NOD-2; PRR; TLR-9; immune modulator; myeloid cells; pattern recognition receptor; pharmacodynamic; safety.

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