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Anti-inflammatory MFAIDs may be genuine, safe alternative to steroids & NSAIDs

  [ 57 votes ]   [ 2 Comments ] • September 9, 2012

Studies suggest these entirely novel drugs (MFAIDs) are able to interfere with a common factor driving the inflammatory process in many diseases - from arthritis to inflammation of the bowel, central nervous system, cardiovascular system, skin, and respiratory tract.

On September 6, Hebrew University of Jerusalem reported that a synthetic anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic family of drugs able to combat a variety of illnesses while avoiding detrimental side effects has been developed by Saul Yedgar, PhD - an internationally recognized biochemist specialized in the study of cardiovascular and inflammatory conditions and director of a lab at the University's Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada.

Problems with Steroids & NSAIDS

Treatments for various inflammatory/allergic diseases, which affect billions of people worldwide, are a major focus of the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Yedgar explains. The most common drugs currently used to treat these numerous diseases are steroids, which are potent but also associated with severe side effects. These include:

•  Metabolic changes (weight gain, increased blood pressure, diabetes),

•  Organ-specific effects (glaucoma, cataracts, bone fragility),

•  And even psychotrophic side effects (depression, psychosis).

For decades, alternatives, such as biological NSAIDs (non-steroidal alternative anti-inflammatory drugs), have been the focus of the pharmaceutical industry. The resulting drugs have been commercially successful, but have not produced genuine alternatives to steroids due to their limitations.

•  Synthetic NSAIDs are less potent and have their own serious side effects, including cardiovascular disorders, stomach bleeding and respiratory disorders.

•  The biological drugs are costly, must be injected, and have rare but very severe side effects.

Inflammatory Diseases Share Biochemical Mechanisms

Inflammatory/allergic diseases present different symptoms affecting different organs, such as:

•  Skin inflammations (dermatitis, psoriasis);

•  Airway injury and allergy (asthma, cystic fibrosis, allergic rhinitis);

•  Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis;

•  Intestinal inflammation (ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease);

•  Central nervous system inflammation (multiple sclerosis),

•  As well as atherosclerosis and cancer metastasis.

What these diseases have in common is that all of them share biochemical mechanisms, Dr. Yedgar says. A key one among them is the action of an enzyme family (phospholipase A2, aka PLA2) that initiates the production of a cascade of pro-inflammatory mediators involved in the induction and propagation of the diverse inflammatory diseases.

New ‘MFAIDs’ Control Inflammation-Inducing Enzyme Production

In Dr. Yedgar's lab, he and his associates have designed and constructed an entirely novel synthetic generation of drugs that control the PLA activity and the subsequent cascade of pro-inflammatory mediators, thereby providing 'multi-functional' anti-inflammatory drugs.

The new multi-functional anti-inflammatory drugs (MFAIDs) have so far efficiently treated diverse inflammatory conditions affecting the bowel, respiratory tract, eye and central nervous system, the researchers note.

Animal studies: MFAIDs have reportedly shown "excellent safety" and were found "efficient in treating diverse inflammatory/allergic conditions in animal models," using different modes of administration – oral, rectal, intravenous, inhaled and injected. These conditions included:

•  Sepsis (systemic inflammatory response to pathogens),

•  Inflammatory bowel diseases,

•  Asthma,

•  And central nervous system inflammation (myelopathy refers to inflammation of the spinal cord and encephalopathy to inflammation of the brain).

Clinical studies: In particular, in two clinical studies MFAIDs have reportedly been shown to be safe and efficient in treating:

•  Contact dermatitis, when incorporated into skin cream,

•  And allergic rhinitis, when administered as a nasal spray.

Pharma's First Targets: Respiratory, Skin, Eye, Gut

The platform technology for MFAIDs drugs has been exclusively licensed from the Hebrew University through its Yissum Technology Transfer Company to Morria Biopharmaceuticals PLC (a British company), which is currently developing these drugs to treat inflammatory diseases of:

•  The airways (hay-fever, cystic fibrosis),

•  The skin (eczema),

•  The eye (conjunctivitis)

•  And the gut (colitis, Crohn's disease).

This groundbreaking work earned Dr. Yedgar one of the university's 2012 Kaye Innovation Awards. Established in 1994 by Isaac Kaye of England, a prominent industrialist in the pharmaceutical industry, the award is intended to encourage development of innovative methods and inventions with good commercial potential that will benefit the university and society.

Source: Based on Hebrew University of Jerusalem news release, Sep 6, 2012

Please Discuss This Article:   Post a Comment 

Question of course.. is when!
Posted by: Wolverine
Sep 12, 2012
On searching, cant find anything beyond similar articles to this one about "MFAIDs" and the dr involved.

The main question most im sure want to know, is when will this be available to try. I cant tolerate literally any painkillers but heat packs, and am so full of inflammation most of every day, its insane.

Fact that it treats allergy *and* inflammation is fantastic. Especially if it really doesnt have the side effects of NSAIDs namely gut damage. My gut is particularly wrecked already, as are many with severe me/cfs.

I still remain reserved as my drug intolerances are worse than most ive ever met, so may not tolerate. But overall, sounds promising for so many conditions of this nature. I recently met quite a few people in hospital with bleeding conditions of the gut simply from taking too much ibuprofen. Nsaids need to be replaced indeeed.

Reply Reply

Posted by: Wolverine
Sep 12, 2012
Actually, typed before enough searching. Heres some info at least on the progress.


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