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Wayne State University and Biogen Idec | Date: 2015-08-05

This invention relates to methods of treating sickle cell disease with VLA-4 antagonists and methods for evaluating the responsiveness of patients having sickle cell disease to treatment with VLA-4 antagonists.


The present invention concerns methods for the treatment of diffuse large cell lymphoma by administration of an anti-CD20 antibody and chemotherapy. Particular embodiments include the administration of anti-CD20 antibody in combination with chemotherapy comprising CHOP (cyclophosphamide, hydroxydaunorubicin/doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone/prednisolone) and/or in combination with a transplantation regimen.


New combined therapeutic regimens for treatment of B-cell lymphomas are disclosed which comprise, in particular, administration of anti-CD20 antibodies to patients having low-, intermediate- or high-grade non-Hodgkins lymphomas.


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Genentech, Hoffmann-La Roche and Biogen Idec | Date: 2016-02-26

Methods of treating joint damage in a subject eligible for treatment are provided involving administering an antagonist that binds to a B-cell surface marker, such as CD20 antibody, to the subject in an amount effective to slow progression of the joint damage as measured by radiography. Further provided are articles of manufacture useful for such methods.


This invention provides binding proteins, including antibodies, antibody derivatives and antibody fragments, that specifically bind a CD154 (CD40L) protein. This invention also provides a chimeric, humanized or fully human antibody, antibody derivative or antibody fragment that specifically binds to an epitope to which a humanized Fab fragment comprising a variable heavy chain sequence according to SEQ ID NO: 1 and comprising a variable light chain sequence according to SEQ ID NO: 2 specifically binds. CD154 binding proteins of this invention may elicit reduced effector function relative to a second anti-CD154 antibody. CD154 binding proteins of this invention are useful in diagnostic and therapeutic methods, such as in the treatment and prevention of diseases including those that involve undesirable immune responses that are mediated by CD154-CD40 interactions.


TNF-like weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK), a TNF family ligand, and its only known signaling receptor, FGF-inducible molecule-14 (Fn14), have emerged as a key molecular pathway regulating tissue responses after acute tissue injury and in contexts of chronic injury and disease, including autoimmunity, chronic inflammation, fibrosis, and malignancy. Usually dormant due to the low level of Fn14 expression in healthy tissues, this axis is specifically activated by the upregulation of Fn14 expression locally within injured tissues, thereby triggering a wide range of activities in tissue parenchymal and stromal cells as well as tissue progenitor cells. Current evidence supports that although transient TWEAK/Fn14 pathway activation may be beneficial for tissue repair after acute injury, excessive or sustained TWEAK/Fn14 activation due to repeated injury or chronic disease mediates significant tissue damage and pathological tissue remodeling. This paradigm for the dichotomous function of the TWEAK/Fn14 pathway is discussed, highlighting emerging findings, complexities, and implications for the treatment of tissue damage-associated pathologies and cancer. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.


According to a first aspect the invention relates to the use of fumaric acid derivatives selected from the group consisting of dialkyl fumarates, monoalkyl hydrogen fumarates, fumaric acid monoalkyl ester salts, fumaric acid monoamides, monoamido fumaric acid salts, fumaric acid diamides, monoalkyl monoamido fumarates, carbocyclic and oxacarbocyclic oligomers of these compounds and mixtures thereof for preparing a drug for the treatment or prevention of cardiac insufficiency, in particular left ventricular insufficiency, myocardial infarction and angina pectoris. According to a second aspect the invention relates to the use of fumaric acid derivatives, selected from the group consisting of dialkyl fumarates, monoalkyl hydrogen fumarates, fumaric acid monoalkyl ester salts, fumaric acid monoamides, monoamido fumaric acid salts, fumaric acid diamides, monoalkyl monoamido fumarates, carbocyclic and oxacarbocyclic oligomers of these compounds and mixtures thereof for preparing a drug for the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, especially asthma caused by allergies, infections, analgesics, job conditions or physical effort, mixed forms of asthma, or asthma cardiale.


Provided herein is a method of monitoring the change of the alpha-4 integrin activities in an individual by correlating with the soluble vascular cell adhesion molecule (sVCAM) and/or soluble mucosal addressin cell adhesion molecule (sMAdCAM) levels. Particularly, this method can be used, for example, to evaluate the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics (PK/PD) of an alpha-4 integrin inhibitor used to treat a disease associated with pathological or chronic inflammation.


New combined therapeutic regimens for treatment of B-cell lymphomas are disclosed which comprise in particular administration of anti-CD20 antibodies to patients having low-, intermediate- or high-grade non-Hodgkins lymphomas.


Natalizumab is a safe and efficacious treatment for inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, Crohns Disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. Rare occurrences of progressive multifocal leucoencephalopathy during treatment suggest the possibility that it may be related to natalizumab treatment. Monitoring for JCV and informing caregivers and patients about the manifestations of progressive multifocal leucoencephalopathy can improve the safety of natalizumab therapy.

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