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APT-101 Lowers Fibrosis, Inflammation in Mouse Model

The investigational oral therapy APT-101 was well tolerated and reduced fibrosis, or scarring, in a mouse model of systemic sclerosis (SSc), according to a recent presentation from the therapy’s developer, Apie Therapeutics. Apie is developing APT-101 to treat interstitial lung disease (ILD), a term that encompasses a group…

Multiple Scleroderma-linked Antibodies Possible in Patients

About 2% of people with scleroderma are positive for more than one disease-associated antibody that targets tissues, causing damaging inflammation, according to a new study. Results suggest that certain antibody combinations may be associated with distinct clinical features. The study, “Combinations of scleroderma hallmark autoantibodies associate…

HLA Gene Variants Linked to SSc Subtypes, Self-Reactive Antibodies

Variants of immune-regulating human leukocyte antigen (HLA) genes were associated with the risk of systemic scleroderma, subtypes of the condition, and the presence of self-reactive antibodies, a large-scale genetic analysis showed. These findings underscored the genetic contribution to the disease and support future investigations into immunological susceptibility and external…

Everolimus in Fat Droplets Eased Scleroderma Symptoms in Aged Mice

The immunosuppressant everolimus, carried aboard droplets of fat (liposomes) to lung cells may ease scarring and inflammation linked to systemic scleroderma (SSc), a study with aged mice found. The findings provide “preclinical evidence of everolimus as an efficient drug to reduce lung fibrosis [scarring] and inflammation,” its researchers wrote.