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Nov 21, 2019

Realizing the benefits of gene silencing – Novel HDAC6 inhibitor for the treatment of inflammatory diseases

Life Sciences, Immunology

  • Oral HDAC6 inhibitor with superior specificity
  • Anti-inflammatory effect in in vivo arthritis model
  • Alternative to first line anti-inflammatory drugs

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Dr. M. Charlotte Hemmer

+49 (0) 89 5480177 - 29
Reference Number:
B73271 | B77007


Inhibiting the action of histone deacetylases (HDAC) has emerged as a promising therapeutic approach in the treatment of many disorders, e.g. hematopoietic malignancies, with several selective HDAC inhibitors (HDACi) already approved for the clinic. The balance between histone acetylation and deacetylation is a critical determinant for cell proliferation, cell-cycle regulation and apoptosis with mutations in genes encoding HDACs linked to aberrant gene expression. Supporting their known anti-inflammatory action is data suggesting their use in the treatment of chronic immune and inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. Here, current treatment regimens have limited efficacy, e.g. first-line NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and severe side-effect profiles in the long-term, e.g. steroids. With its two functional catalytic domains and specific physiological roles, HDAC6 presents a promising therapeutic candidate.


We present Marbostat-100 as a new class of small molecule inhibitors of HDAC6. Marbostat-100 exhibits superior potency and specificity compared to HDAC6i Tubastatin A and pan-HDACi LBH589. In vivo data from an arthritis mouse model shows a significantly improved therapeutic response without any toxic side effects.

Treatment lowered the clinical score with reduced synovial inflammation and delayed cartilage degradation and bone erosion1. Its mode of action is restricted to inhibiting enzymatic activity thereby not destroying the protein.

Commercial Opportunities

  • Potent anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic effects as alternative to NSAIDs
  • Superior potency and specificity compared to competitive products
  • Selective inhibition of enzymatic activity limits potential off-site effects
  • Water solubility allows for oral application

Development Status

Enantiomer testing and oral administration currently undergoing2

Opportunities for partners:

  • Testing the therapeutic range and toxicity in different animal models
  • Pharmacologic analysis of underlying molecular mechanism


  • 1

    J Med Chem. 2018 Apr 26;61(8):3454-3477. doi: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.7b01593. Epub 2018 Apr 6.

  • 2

    Arch Pharm (Weinheim). 2019 Jun;352(6):e1900026. doi: 10.1002/ardp.201900026. Epub 2019 May 6.

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