Marta Figueiredo, PhD, science writer —

Marta holds a biology degree, a master’s in evolutionary and developmental biology, and a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Lisbon, Portugal. She was awarded a research scholarship and a PhD scholarship, and her research focused on the role of several signaling pathways in thymus and parathyroid glands embryonic development. She also previously worked as an assistant professor of an annual one-week embryology course at the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Medicine.

Articles by Marta Figueiredo

TGFBI, Protein Linked to Lung Cancer, May Be IPF Treatment Target

The levels of transforming growth factor-beta-induced protein (TGFBI), a molecule involved in lung development and cancer, are significantly increased in cellular and rodent models of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a study showed. TGFBI was also found to mediate the pro-scarring effects of transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) — a protein that plays…

Cymerus MSCs Ease Inflammation, Show Promise for Treating IPF

Cymerus mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), Cynata Therapeutics’ experimental cell therapy, significantly lowered the levels of pro-inflammatory and pro-scarring molecules in the lungs of a mouse model of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), the company announced. The “highly potent” therapy also was shown to significantly reduce immune cell infiltration, and the…

With Positive Early Findings, Phase 2 Cudetaxestat Trial Expected Soon

Blade Therapeutics’ experimental oral therapy, Cudetaxestat (BLD-0409), was found to significantly reduce lung scarring (fibrosis) and the levels of fibrotic markers and pro-fibrotic molecules in a mouse model of pulmonary fibrosis. “Cudetaxestat displayed direct anti-fibrotic effects on multiple biomarkers in a preclinical lung fibrosis model,” Blade said in…

Targeting Pro-scarring Immune Cells Thwarts, Reduces PF in Mice

Using nanoparticles to deliver an anti-scarring RNA molecule to pro-scarring lung macrophages — a type of immune cell — prevented and reduced lung tissue fibrosis in a mouse model of pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a study shows. To specifically target pro-fibrotic macrophages, researchers at University of Illinois College of Medicine (UICM)…

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