Tie-2 ActivatorsWatch a short video about AKB-9778
Healthy cells that line blood vessels are essential for human well being. Compromises to the integrity of the vasculature can lead to blood proteins and other components leaking into the tissues, a condition known as vascular (or capillary) leak syndrome. Vascular leak can be localized to a single tissue (as in retinopathy and macular edema), or it can be systemic leading to life-threatening consequences such as cerebral and pulmonary edema, hypotension and shock.
Vascular stabilization may provide extraordinary benefits in a wide variety of diseases, including diabetes (particularly diabetic vascular complications), oncology, and systemic vascular leak syndromes such as sepsis. In addition, vascular stabilization may reduce vascular leak associated with a number of cancer treatments.
AKB-9778 is a small molecule, Tie-2 activating agent that effectively blocks vascular leak and pathologic angiogenesis in multiple disease conditions. It is initially being developed for the treatment of diabetic macular edema.
How AKB-9778 Works
Tie2 signaling is responsible for stabilizing blood vessels and maintaining vascular integrity. The HPTP▀ enzyme, which is the target of AKB-9778, acts as a negative regulator, or brake, at the Tie2 receptor. AKB-9778 works by inhibiting HPTP▀ and effectively removes this negative regulation on the Tie2 receptor. This action restores Tie2 signaling and vascular integrity.
Indications for AKB-9778
Vascular leak can occur in any tissue or organ in the body, and it can happen either locally (e.g. macular edema) or throughout the entire body all at once, as occurs in sepsis. In collaboration with investigators world-wide, Aerpio has demonstrated the efficacy of AKB-9778 in a wide range of animal models of human disease. The efficacy in vascular diseases of the eye (macular edema) has been particularly impressive. Therefore, Aerpio will initially develop AKB-9778 for diabetic macular edema as there remains considerable unmet medical need. As we gain human experience, the number of indications will be significantly expanded.