TARGETING MOSPD2 FOR INFLAMMATION

Our data show, that MOSPD2 which is predominantly expressed on the surface of human monocytes, is essential for their migration. By inhibiting this protein, we seek to block this migration of monocytes to sites of inflammation, and accordingly to reduce inflammation and tissue damage.

At the ECTRIMS 2018 meeting, we presented the critical role of MOSPD2 in the development of multiple sclerosis, and its potential as a novel target for treatment of inflammation in the Central Nervous System (or CNS) and other organs. 

One of the key cell types that causes inflammation in MS, is the monocyte. In MS, monocytes that circulate in the peripheral blood infiltrate into the CNS and play a key role in the inflammatory process, particularly through damaging the myelin coating which protects the nerve fibers, therefore leading to acute neurological symptoms. 

Using MOSPD2 knockout mice, our data show that MOSPD2 was critical for the development of the disease in the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (or EAE) model for MS, as knockout mice essentially do not develop the disease. 

Furthermore, we developed proprietary monoclonal antibodies against MOSPD2 that successfully prevented development of EAE, and were also effective in treatment of the animals after the neurological symptoms had already appeared. These data suggest that MOSPD2 is a critical path in MS, and potentially in other immune-inflammatory diseases.

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