Author Archives: Marta Figueiredo PhD

Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Reduced Lung Cell Aging in Mice

Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) lessened lung scarring by reducing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)-related aging of lung cells that play a key role in tissue repair, according to a study in a mouse model of IPF. Notably, these benefits were associated with a normalization of the levels of molecules involved…

Top 10 Pulmonary Fibrosis Stories of 2021

Pulmonary Fibrosis News brought you daily coverage throughout 2021 of the latest scientific findings, treatment developments, and clinical trials related to pulmonary fibrosis (PF). As a reminder of what mattered most to you during the past year, here are the top 10 most-read articles of 2021, with a brief…

Autoantibody Reduction Regimen Improves Lungs, Survival: Study

An autoantibody reduction regimen that combines three treatments improved lung function and survival in adults with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) who are experiencing acute symptom worsening, a small study suggests. Early, positive clinical responses predicted better long-term outcomes, and high levels of autoantibodies against epithelial markers before treatment were…

Cancer-suppressing Molecule May Be PF Therapeutic Target

The levels of a cancer-suppressing molecule called microRNA-326 (miR-326) are reduced significantly in the lungs of a mouse model of silica-induced pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a study shows. Increasing the levels of miR-326 in these mice lessened lung scarring (fibrosis) and suppressed the production of pro-fibrotic molecules, highlighting miR-326 as a…

First Healthy Volunteer Dosed in Trial Testing ISM001-055 for IPF

The first healthy volunteer has been dosed in a Phase 1 trial evaluating ISM001-055, Insilico Medicine’s artificial intelligence (AI)-discovered therapy candidate for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). “We are very pleased to see Insilico Medicine’s first antifibrotic [treatment] candidate entering into the clinic,” Feng Ren, PhD, Insilico’s chief strategy…

Nuformix’s NXP002 for IPF Shows Promise in Preclinical Studies

NXP002, Nuformix’s experimental inhaled therapy for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), achieves significant levels in the lungs and lowers the production of molecules that promote scarring, according to preclinical studies involving rats, the company announced. “We’re delighted with the positive readout of this data so far and it further…

New Robust 3D Microtissue Model May Better Screen IPF Therapies

Scientists have developed a new lab-grown three-dimension (3D) microtissue model that replicates the key features of the idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) microenvironment better than other cellular and animal models, and that enables more robust screening of potential therapies. When the model was generated using lung cells collected from IPF…

High-flow Nasal Cannula Oxygen Increased Exercise Tolerance

High-flow nasal cannula oxygen therapy (HFNC) increases exercise tolerance — improving endurance times and reducing leg fatigue — in adults with stable idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) having exercise-induced low blood oxygen levels, according to a small trial in Japan. Notably, HFNC’s benefits were superior to those of standard oxygen therapy,…

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