BRISBANE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:AIMT), a biopharmaceutical company developing treatments for life-threatening food allergies, today announced that its investigational treatment for peanut allergy, AR101, was highlighted in a recent publication by Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason focused on the discovery of an immune cell subset — TH2A cells – that appears to be involved in the pathogenesis of allergies. These allergen-specific T cells are present in people with allergies but nearly entirely absent from people without allergies.
The publication, which appeared in the August 2 issue of Science Translational Medicine, also reported that, in a small pilot experiment, AR101 treatment was associated with a significant reduction of TH2A cells in blood samples from a subset of peanut-allergic patients from Aimmune’s ARC001 trial. AR101 is Aimmune’s investigational biologic oral immunotherapy for desensitization of patients with peanut allergy.
“We’re hopeful that the identification of these TH2A cells will give researchers a tool to help improve medicine’s ability to diagnose, monitor and treat allergies,” said Dr. Wambre. “With the samples from the ARC001 trial, we saw targeted elimination of peanut-specific TH2A cells after only six months of AR101 therapy. Specifically, patients receiving AR101 experienced statistically significant reductions in TH2A cells, whereas there was no reduction in TH2A cells in patients receiving placebo. These TH2A cell reductions appeared to be associated with clinical response. Though this preliminary experiment was small, the results were clear, and we are excited to analyze the data from Aimmune’s much larger, ongoing Phase 3 PALISADE population. If confirmed through subsequent work, we believe that the TH2A assay could have utility as a biomarker before and during oral immunotherapy.”
Benaroya Research Institute’s work with the Aimmune samples potentially represents a new way to measure the allergy process and assess the effectiveness of specific treatments. In addition to the work on peanut allergy, the published article, “A phenotypically and functionally distinct human TH2 cell subpopulation is associated with allergic disorders,” also reported on tests of allergies to grass and tree pollens, cat dander, dust mites, and mold, where TH2A played a pivotal role as well. The researchers found that these TH2A cells associated with stable allergic disease are terminally differentiated CD4+ T cells that exhibit several functional attributes that distinguish them from conventional TH2 cells. The article is available online at http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/9/401/eaam9171.
“We’re committed to advancing the understanding of food allergy and very pleased to see these data from our ongoing collaboration with Benaroya Research Institute and Dr. Erik Wambre published,” said Daniel Adelman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Aimmune. “We look forward to further corroborating data in this area from the samples collected at key points of our ongoing Phase 3 PALISADE trial.”
About Aimmune Therapeutics
Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc., is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing treatments for life-threatening food allergies. The company’s Characterized Oral Desensitization ImmunoTherapy (CODIT™) approach is intended to achieve meaningful levels of protection by desensitizing patients with defined, precise amounts of key allergens. Aimmune’s first investigational biologic product using CODIT™, AR101 for the treatment of peanut allergy, has received the FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy Designation for the desensitization of peanut-allergic patients 4-17 years of age and is currently being evaluated in Phase 3 clinical trials. For more information, please see www.aimmune.com.
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