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ZyVersa Therapeutics Highlights Review Article Substantiating That Inflammasome Activation Is Pathogenic in Multiple Neurological Diseases

  • Up to 16 million adults in the US are living with a neurological disease, the leading cause of physical and cognitive disability, and 1.2 million new cases are diagnosed annually.
  • The review article summarizes data demonstrating that inflammation resulting from activation of more than one type of inflammasome contributes to development of neurological diseases and that ASC specks lead to their progression.
  • ZyVersa is developing IC 100, a monoclonal antibody targeting inflammasome ASC and ASC specks from multiple types of inflammasomes to block initiation and perpetuation of damaging inflammation.
  • IC 100 preclinical data demonstrate that it penetrates the brain, and that it has promising therapeutic potential for neurological diseases based on preclinical studies representative of multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury.

WESTON, Fla., Feb. 14, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ZyVersa Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZVSA or “ZyVersa”), a clinical stage specialty biopharmaceutical company developing first-in-class drugs for treatment of inflammatory and renal diseases, highlights data from a review article published in Nature Reviews Neurology. This article provides increasing evidence that activation of several types of inflammasomes and extracellular ASC specks contribute to the development and progression of multiple neurological diseases including Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD), multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), epilepsy, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and stroke.

In the paper titled, “Inflammasomes in neurological disorders — mechanisms and therapeutic potential,” the authors reviewed 297 published papers that included data from cell cultures, preclinical disease models, and human tissue analysis to summarize the current evidence for and understanding of inflammasome activation in various neurological diseases. Key learnings include:

  • Many neurological conditions involve an underlying chronic inflammasome-mediated inflammatory process that worsens the trajectory of these conditions.
  • Beyond NLRP3, evidence suggests that other inflammasomes, including but not restricted to NLRP1, NLRC4, and AIM2, and their downstream effectors contribute to neuropathology in AD, PD, ALS, MS, stroke, epilepsy, and TBI.
  • Inflammasome-induced release of ASC specks into the extracellular space seems to be important in the speed of neurodegeneration in conditions such as AD and PD.

The authors concluded, “Use of inflammasome-targeted therapeutic approaches could improve existing therapeutic strategies for multiple neurological conditions.” To review the publication, Click Here.

“We are thrilled to see the large number of studies summarized in the review article published in Nature Reviews Neurology that reinforce the role of multiple types of inflammasomes and extracellular ASC specks in the development and progression of numerous neurological diseases,” commented Stephen C. Glover, ZyVersa’s Co-founder, Chairman, CEO, and President. These studies, in combination with our own preclinical program, substantiate the rationale for targeting inflammasome ASC to inhibit multiple inflammasome pathways and to disrupt the function of ASC specks to control inflammation in numerous neurological diseases.” To review a white paper summarizing the mechanism of action and preclinical data for IC 100, Click Here.

About Inflammasome ASC Inhibitor IC 100

IC 100 is a novel humanized IgG4 monoclonal antibody that inhibits the inflammasome adaptor protein ASC. IC 100 was designed to attenuate both initiation and perpetuation of the inflammatory response. It does so by binding to a specific region of the ASC component of multiple types of inflammasomes, including NLRP1, NLRP2, NLRP3, NLRC4, AIM2, and Pyrin. Intracellularly, IC 100 binds to ASC monomers, inhibiting inflammasome formation, thereby blocking activation of IL-1β early in the inflammatory cascade. IC 100 also binds to ASC in ASC Specks, both intracellularly and extracellularly, further blocking activation of IL-1β and the perpetuation of the inflammatory response that is pathogenic in inflammatory diseases. Because active cytokines amplify adaptive immunity through various mechanisms, IC 100, by attenuating cytokine activation, also attenuates the adaptive immune response.

About ZyVersa Therapeutics, Inc.

ZyVersa (Nasdaq: ZVSA) is a clinical stage specialty biopharmaceutical company leveraging advanced, proprietary technologies to develop first-in-class drugs for patients with renal and inflammatory diseases who have significant unmet medical needs. The Company is currently advancing a therapeutic development pipeline with multiple programs built around its two proprietary technologies – Cholesterol Efflux Mediator™ VAR 200 for treatment of kidney diseases, and Inflammasome ASC Inhibitor IC 100, targeting damaging inflammation associated with numerous CNS and other inflammatory diseases. For more information, please visit

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