ProLectin-M, a New Class of Oral Antiviral Drug
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, August 1, 2022 (NEWSWIRE) -- BIOXYTRAN, INC. (Symbol: BIXT) (the “Company”), a clinical stage biotechnology company developing oral drugs to treat COVID-19 and other viral causing diseases announced today that the journal of International Journal of Health Sciences1 released a peer-reviewed article, “Carbohydrate ProLectin-M, a Galectin-3 Antagonist, Blocks SARS-CoV-2 Activity”, that supports ProLectin-M’s in vitro Mode of Action and the initial clinical data results reported in a previous article, referred to below. ProLectin-M is the Company’s leading drug molecule in its pipeline to treat viral infections.
The journal article begins to outline and further define the mechanism of action (MOA) behind the oral galectin inhibitor Prolectin-M. The article confirms and further expands on the preliminary clinical data results from Bioxytran’s first peer-reviewed journal article in the Journal of Vaccines & Vaccination2, “Galectin Antagonist use in Mild Cases of SARS-CoV-2: Pilot Feasibility Randomised, Open Label, Controlled Trial”, whereby human clinical trial results showed elimination of viral load to undetectable levels within a few days. The analytical tests within the scope of this most recent journal article utilize some of the most rigorously binding tests between a Lectin class of protein and carbohydrates.
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 candidate, Prolectin-M, is a new class of antiviral drug designed to antagonize galectins implicated in inflammatory, fibrotic, and malignant diseases and bind to the conserved region of the spike protein commonly known as the galectin fold. Bioxytran’s other development programs are for pulmonary fibrosis and stroke treatment. More information can be found at www.bioxytraninc.com
Galectins are carbohydrate-binding proteins that are involved in many physiological functions, such as inflammation, immune responses, cell migration, autophagy, and signaling. They are also linked to diseases such as fibrosis, cancer and heart disease.
Galectins are a class of specific lectins. Lectins are a special class of proteins widely distributed in nature, which selectively recognize and reversibly bind to carbohydrates and glycoconjugates through their binding sites. These proteins, which can be detected through hemagglutination assays, interact with different carbohydrates present in cell and viral surfaces.
ProLectin-M is an orally administered experimental new drug candidate that targets the Carbohydrate Binding Domain portion on the SARS-CoV-2, coronavirus. ProLectin-M is expected to interfere with the binding of the virus to the cell and thereby prevent viral entry into cells. Preclinical in-vitro and in-vivo preliminary data shows that ProLectin-M is non-toxic for humans. ProLectin-M was used in an open label, randomized, controlled clinical feasibility study in COVID-19 patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 disease.
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