Apr 2011 Alzheimer's research & therapy

Masitinib as an adjunct therapy for mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease: a randomised, placebo-controlled phase 2 trial.

Auteurs

Piette F, Belmin J, Vincent H, Schmidt N, Pariel S, Verny M, Marquis C, Mely J, Hugonot-Diener L, Kinet JP, Dubreuil P, Moussy A, Hermine O

Résumé

Neuroinflammation is thought to be important in Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis. Mast cells are a key component of the inflammatory network and participate in the regulation of the blood-brain barrier’s permeability. Masitinib, a selective oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor, effectively inhibits the survival, migration and activity of mast cells. As the brain is rich in mast cells, the therapeutic potential of masitinib as an adjunct therapy to standard care was investigated.

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