Slight improvement of 6MWT with TAS-205 in DMD

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a progressive muscular disease characterized by chronic cycles of inflammatory and necrotic processes. Prostaglandin D2 (PGD2 ) is produced by hematopoietic PGD synthase (HPGDS), which is pathologically implicated in muscle necrosis. This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled early phase 2 study (NCT02752048) aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of the novel selective HPGDS inhibitor, TAS-205, with exploratory measures in male DMD patients aged ≥5 years.

Patients were randomized 1:1:1 to receive low-dose TAS-205 (6.67-13.33 mg/kg/dose), high-dose TAS-205 (13.33-26.67 mg/kg/dose), or placebo. The primary endpoint was the change from baseline in a 6-minute walk distance (6MWD) at Week 24.

Thirty-six patients were enrolled, of whom 35 patients were analysed for safety. The mean (standard error) changes from baseline to Week 24 in 6MWD were -17.0 (17.6) m in the placebo group (n = 10), -3.5 (20.3) m in the TAS-205 low-dose group (n = 11), and -7.5 (11.2) m in the TAS-205 high-dose group (n = 11). The mean (95% confidence interval) difference from the placebo group was 13.5 (-43.3 to 70.2) m in the TAS-205 low-dose group and 9.5 (-33.3 to 52.4) m in the TAS-205 high-dose group. No obvious differences were observed in the incidences of adverse events between treatment groups. No adverse drug reactions specific to TAS-205 treatment were observed.

The HPGDS inhibitor TAS-205 showed a favorable safety profile in DMD patients. Further research is required to examine the effectiveness of TAS-205 in a larger trial.


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