CCR4 INHIBITION IN INFLAMMATORY DISEASE:
The capacity to “down regulate” the inflammatory response
In inflammatory diseases, chemokines recruit helper T type 2 (Th2) cells to inflamed tissues. Once Th2 cells enter tissues such as the skin or the airways in the lung, they secrete proteins known to drive the inflammatory response. In atopic dermatitis, there are higher levels of these inflammatory ligands compared with healthy humans and these ligands also correlate with the severity of disease.
We believe that by inhibiting CCR4, RPT193 (our novel drug candidate) has the potential to bring therapeutic benefit to patients across a broad spectrum of inflammatory diseases, including atopic dermatitis, asthma, chronic urticaria, chronic rhinosinusitis or rhinoconjunctivitis, inflammatory conjunctivitis and eosinophilic esophagitis.