SAN DIEGO, Nov. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mast Therapeutics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: MSTX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced that it will be presenting data from an ex vivo study of MST-188 (vepoloxamer), its lead product candidate, at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) taking place December 6 – 9, 2014 in San Francisco, California. The abstract entitled "Pro-coagulant Actions of Circulating Microparticles in Sickle Cell Anemia and Sepsis Associated Coagulopathy and their Modulation by a Triblock Polymer MST-188," will be presented as part of the Oral and Poster Abstracts Program on Sunday December 7, 2014 in Session 321: Blood Coagulation and Fibrinolytic Factors: Poster II, from 6:00-8:00pm PST in the Moscone Center, West Building, Level 1. In addition, the abstract has also been published in the November 14, 2014 supplemental volume of the journal Blood.
In the ex vivo study, which was conducted at Loyola University Medical Center, the supplementation of MST-188 to blood samples collected from healthy normal individuals, sickle cell anemia (SCA) patients and sepsis associated coagulopathy (SAC) patients resulted in significant decrease in thrombin generation and marked decrease of functioning microparticles. The decrease in thrombin generation with MST-188 supplementation ranged from 24-55%. Thrombin is an enzyme that controls the conversion of fibrinogen to fibrin, which promotes blood clotting. Circulating microparticles (MPs) represent vesicles and cellular fragments generated in microvascular angiopathic conditions which facilitate pro-coagulant actions and contribute to thrombin generation and associated inflammatory processes. MST-188 is a triblock polymer with affinity to hydrophobic surfaces which are generated in microangiopathic conditions and may also interact with the phospholipid component of MPs. To test the hypothesis that MST-188 may decrease the pro-coagulant effects of MPs, a functional method to access MPs levels and a thrombin generation assay was used.
Martin Emanuele, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Development, said: "These results suggest that MST-188 (vepoloxamer) antagonizes the procoagulant properties of microparticles formed in sepsis and during sickle cell crisis. This is important because dysfunctional coagulation is a key part of the pathology underlying 'sludged' blood flow (especially in the microcirculation) in both conditions."
- The abstract entitled "Pro-coagulant Actions of Circulating Microparticles in Sickle Cell Anemia and Sepsis Associated Coagulopathy and their Modulation by a Triblock Polymer MST-188" will be presented by Jaweed Fareed, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology and Pharmacology at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine;
- The abstract is available on the Company's website at http://www.masttherapeutics.com/technology/publications/.
About Mast Therapeutics
Mast Therapeutics, Inc. is a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company headquartered in San Diego, California. The Company is leveraging the MAST (Molecular Adhesion and Sealant Technology) platform, derived from over two decades of clinical, nonclinical and manufacturing experience with purified and non-purified poloxamers, to develop MST-188, its lead product candidate, for serious or life-threatening diseases and conditions typically characterized by impaired microvascular blood flow and damaged cell membranes.
The Company is enrolling subjects in EPIC, a pivotal Phase 3 study of MST-188 in sickle cell disease, and in a Phase 2 study to evaluate whether MST-188 improves the effectiveness of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator therapy in patients with acute limb ischemia. The Company also is planning to initiate a Phase 2 clinical study of MST-188 in patients with acute decompensated heart failure in the first half of 2015. More information can be found on the Company's web site at www.masttherapeutics.com. (Twitter: @MastThera)
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