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Recent Patents on Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Drug Discovery

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ISSN (Print): 1872-2148
ISSN (Online): 2212-3334

HMGB-1 as a Target for Inflammation Controlling

Author(s): Jose A. Nogueira-Machado and Caroline M. de Oliveira Volpe

Volume 6 , Issue 3 , 2012

Page: [201 - 209] Pages: 9

DOI: 10.2174/187221412802481784

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Abstract

In the present study, we evaluated recent patents that describe products or methods able to down-regulate the pro-inflammatory action of HMGB-1, also called as amphoterin. High Mobility Group Box-1 (HMGB-1) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases. HMGB-1 has been proposed to be a crucial mediator in the pathogenesis of many diseases including sepsis, arthritis, cancer, autoimmunity diseases and diabetes. It has been suggested that HMGB-1 itself can signal through RAGEs (receptor for advanced glycation end products) and through the Toll-Like Receptors TLR2 and TLR4. Activation of these receptors results ultimately in the activation of Nuclear Factor-kappaB (NFkappaB), inducing the up-regulation of leukocyte adhesion molecules, production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and angiogenic factors in both hematopoietic and endothelial cells, thereby promoting inflammation. There are several patents proposed for controlling the production, secretion and neutralization of HMGB-1 and consequently the inflammatory process. We have divided the patents in six groups based on mechanism of action. The group 1 is associated with inhibition of HMGB-1 using anti-HMGB-1 antibodies; group 2: inhibition of HMGB-1 releases from the nucleus into the extracellular space; group 3: HMGB-A box as a competitive antagonist of HMGB-1; group 4: blockage of RAGE-HMGB-1 signaling using RAGE antagonists; group 5: blockage of TLR-HMGB-1 signaling using anti-TLR2 antibodies and group 6: other molecules that modulate HMGB-1 activity using e.g. human soluble thrombomodulin. The mechanism of HMGB-1 action, its role and efficiency of each group of patents proposed for controlling inflammation are discussed.

Keywords: Cytokines, HMGB-1, inflammation, patents, RAGE, TLR2/4.


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