NEW YORK, April 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Hoth Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOTH), a biopharmaceutical company, today announced top line data from its Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus (CLE) study, a chronic autoimmune skin disease, in partnership with Zylö Therapeutics, Inc. for topical administration of Anandamide (AEA)-loaded Z-pods™.
During the study, 50 female MRL/lpr mice that develop an autoimmune disease resembling systemic lupus erythematosus, a disease affecting over approximately 1.5 million Americans, were scored weekly for skin lesions beginning at 12 weeks of age. The mice were tested weekly for 10 weeks. The results show that mice treated with AEA-loaded particles experienced lesions that regressed in size and severity, while untreated mice treated with AEA-neat experienced worsening lesions.
When a mouse was first observed with a lesion, it was enrolled into the study and randomized to one of these three arms: (i) Test Article Arm: These animals were treated twice per week with interscapular topical application of AEA-loaded silica particles (avg. radius of 125nm) in coconut oil; (ii) Control Test Article Arm: These animals were treated twice per week with interscapular topical application of AEA in coconut oil; (iii) Negative Control Arm: These mice were not treated. All mice were regularly scored using a validated modified CLASI tool, measuring erythema, thickness, scaling, and alopecia, to assess the effect of AEA on cutaneous disease.
Mr. Robb Knie, Chief Executive Officer of Hoth, commented, "We are pleased to have concluded our preclinical study of CLE. Clearly, administering anandamide through the AEA-loaded Z-pods™ delivery system has significant lesion improvement in CLE patients. Together with the Zylö team, we will continue to move this treatment forward through to the clinic."
Hoth owns an exclusive license to develop Anandamide-loaded Z-pods™ for the treatment of CLE in North America. Anandamide, generally referred to as AEA, is one of the cannabinoids that the human body makes naturally. The Company also possesses rights related to geographic expansion and to follow-on indications such as psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.
About Hoth Therapeutics, Inc. Hoth Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing new generation therapies for dermatological disorders. HOTH's pipeline has the potential to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from indications including atopic dermatitis, chronic wounds, psoriasis, asthma and acne. Hoth has recently entered into a Joint Development Agreement to further the development of vaccine prospects to prevent, intercept or treat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) based upon VaxCelerate, a self-assembling vaccine (SAV) platform exclusively licensed by Voltron from the Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center (VIC) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). To learn more, please visit www.hoththerapeutics.com.
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