Test Can Help Predict Toxic Reactions To New Medications

Professor Jane A. Mitchell Head of Vascular Biology Section Head of Cardiothoracic Pharmacology National Heart and Lung Institute, Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine & Science,    Imperial College, LondonMedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Professor Jane A. Mitchell
Head of Vascular Biology Section
Head of Cardiothoracic Pharmacology
National Heart and Lung Institute,
Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine & Science,
Imperial College, London

Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: In 2006 a drug called TGN1412 was given to 6 healthy male volunteers as a final test for safety. The drug had passed all of the preclinical tests and showed no problem when it was given to laboratory animals. However when it was given to people it caused a catastrophic side effect known as a ‘cytokine storm response’. All 6 volunteers became sick very quickly and needed immediate hospital treatment, they nearly died and remain at risk of immune problems still. We found a way to mimic the effects of TGN1412 in the laboratory using stem cell technology to engineer two different types of cells from the same donor to be grown and mixed together in a dish. Our test is better than the current tests used because it mimics better the human body and uses cells from one individual donor.
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Drug Hypersensitivity to Dapsone HLA Association

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Dr. Jian-Jun Liu
Shangdong Provincial Institute of Dermatology and Venereology

MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings of the study?

·      HLA-B*13:01 is associated with the development of dapsone hypersensitivity syndrome.
·      Carrying one copy of HLA-B*13:01 increases one’s risk by 34 times of getting DHS, while carrying two copies increases risk by 100 times as compared to not carrying this allele.
·      HLA-B*13:01 has a sensitivity and specificity of above 85% in predicting the risk of DHS, theoretically reducing the risk of DHS by 7 fold when implemented in clinical screening.
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