BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, Feb. 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BIOXYTRAN, INC. (OTCQB: BIXT) (the “Company”), a clinical stage biotechnology company developing oral and intravenous drugs to treat COVID-19, other viral diseases, and fibrosis announced today that Nature Reviews Drug Discovery journal published a peer-reviewed article that supports the rationale behind the development of ProLectin-I for fibrosis and ProLectin-M as an antiviral drug. The article published on 9 February, 2023, was titled “Targeting galectin-driven regulatory circuits in cancer and fibrosis“ was authored by Karina Marino, Alejandro Cagnoni, Diego Croci, and Gabriel Rabinovich. The review article independently supports Bioxytran’s drug development program for fibrosis and antiviral disease treatment. The theoretical basis of the drug design was inhibition of multiple galectins like those highlighted in the journal article.
The article highlighted 3 out of 5 polysaccharides that Dr. David Platt invented as therapies over his 30-year career in galectins. The article concluded that galectins shared a common pro-fibrotic function and that disease conditions like NASH, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and malignancies could benefit from targeting galectins as well as a diverse group of other disease states implicated by heightened galectin expression. Bioxtyran developed multiple galectin antagonists and the review article independently bolstered the scientific basis of its drug development.
ProLectin-M is an oral galectin antagonist that prevents the entry of the SARS-CoV-2 virus into human cells. In recent clinical trials the drug achieved a 100% responders rate of negative PCR tests by day 7. In 3 days the drug achieved an 88% responders rate of negative PCR tests. The treated population experienced no viral rebounds during the 14-day observation period. The company is preparing for a phase 3 clinical trial in order to seek regulatory approval.
ProLectin-I is an intravenous new chemical entity drug that is expected to treat Long COVID and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). Long COVID is estimated to have 65 – 100 million cases worldwide.1, 2 The CDC believes it affects one in five people that contract COVID-19. According to Harvard University, the economic cost of Long COVID is $3.7 trillion in the just the United States.3 IPF affects approximately 3 million people worldwide.4 The disease primarily affects patients over the age of 50 and affects more men than women. 5
The top theory behind the pathogenesis of Long Covid is viral persistence6 or viral fragments. ProLectin-I binds to the ‘galectin fold’ of the spike protein thereby neutralizing a replication competent viruses’ ability to infect other cells, but it also binds to spike protein fragments thought to be the cause of ongoing inflammation. 7
The medical term for scar tissue is fibrin. The word fibrosis stems from the continued growth of fibrin. Once scar tissue forms in the lungs combined with an already suppressed immune system, scar tissue can start to spread quickly. The reason for scar tissue forming in the lungs can vary, but it can always be associated with the onset of lung damage. Combining lung damage with an impaired immune system leads to scar tissue forming in the lungs. Multiple galectin types are associated with fibrosis, and ProLectin-I is thought to bind to a few.
About Bioxytran, Inc.
Bioxytran, Inc. is a clinical stage biotechnology company developing novel therapies targeting the treatment of significant unmet medical needs in virology, degenerative disease, and hypoxia. The leading drug candidates, ProLectin-M (“PLM”) and ProLectin-I (“PLI”), are a new class of antiviral drugs designed to antagonize galectins implicated in viral, inflammatory, fibrotic, and malignant diseases. Bioxytran’s other development programs are for pulmonary fibrosis and stroke treatment. More information can be found at www.bioxytraninc.com
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1Davis, H.E., McCorkell, L., Vogel, J.M. et al. Long COVID: major findings, mechanisms and recommendations. Nat Rev Microbiol (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41579-022-00846-2
2 Chen Chen, et al. Global Prevalence of Post-Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Condition or Long COVID: A Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review, The Journal of Infectious Diseases, Volume 226, Issue 9, 1 November 2022, Pages 1593–1607, https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jiac136
3 Cutler, D.M. The Economic Cost of Long Covid: An Update. Harvard University, July 2022.
4 Nalysnyk, L., et al. Incidence and Prevalence of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Review of the Literature. Eur. Respir. Rev. 2012;21(126):355-361
5 Raghu, G., et al. An Official ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT Statement: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Evidence-based Guidelines for Diagnosis and Management. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011; 183:788–824
6 Peluso, M.J. and Deeks, S.G. Early clues regarding the pathogenesis of long-COVID. Trends in Immunology, Volume 43, Issue 4, April 2022, Pages 268-270.
7 Patterson BK, et al. (2022). Persistence of SARS CoV-2 S1 Protein in CD16+ Monocytes in Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC) up to 15 Months Post-Infection. Front. Immunol. 12:746021. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2021.746021