AAGP™ Improves Results in Stem Cells Transplanted in Retina Tissue by 300% 10:41 AM ET, 05/02/2016 - Business Wire
ST. MARYS, W.Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 2, 2016-- ProtoKinetix, Incorporated (OTCQB:PKTX) (the "Company" or "ProtoKinetix") (www.protokinetix.com) is pleased to announce that a paper submitted by Dr. Kevin Gregory-Evans on ProtoKinetix’ AAGP™ has been accepted by the Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine for publication. The date of publication is unknown at this time but should be available online in advance of the printed version. AAGP™, an antifreeze glycopeptide, has been demonstrated to significantly improve the viable yield of stem cells transplanted in retinal tissue at the University of British Columbia under the guidance of Dr. Kevin Gregory-Evans.
Dr. Gregory-Evans concluded that embryonic cells treated with AAGP™ and transplanted into retina tissue, an accepted model for the central nervous system, compared to the control group not treated was 300% more viable.
Dr. Gregory-Evans proposes that AAGP™ works by inhibiting toxic signaling from surrounding necrotic tissue. Necrotic tissue is dead tissue, which usually results from an inadequate local blood supply. Necrotic tissue contains dead cells and debris that are a consequence of the fragmentation of dying cells.
”AAGP™ could be a huge benefit to the future of Pre-clinical and Clinical transplantation medicine,”said Dr. Kevin Gregory-Evans. He added,“AAGP™ will revolutionize transplantation medicine across the board.”
The significance of these results may have far reaching implications. In addition to cell, tissue and organ transplantations, there are strong implications that AAGP™ may have powerful applications for the treatment of stroke and heart attack treatment.
Dr. Kevin Gregory-Evans is currently Professor of Ophthalmology in the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, and holder of the Julia Levy BC Leadership Chair in Macular Research, Vancouver, Canada.
Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine is a multidisciplinary journal that publishes research and reviews on the development of therapeutic approaches which combine stem/progenitor cells with biomaterials and scaffolds, and growth factors and other bioactive agents. The journal focuses on the development of biological functional substitutes that restore, maintain, or improve tissue or organ function. The publication carries an Impact Factor of 5.199.
ProtoKinetix, Incorporated is a molecular biotechnology company that has developed and patented a family of hyper stable, potent glycopeptides (AAGP™) that enhance both engraftment and protection of transplanted cells used in regenerative medicine. Due to the results achieved over the last four years of testing the company is now preparing a submission to enter into a Phase 1/2 human clinical trial. Additional studies will be expanded to include whole organ transplantation and other cell therapies used in regenerative medicine.