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|Novan Announces Presentation of Anti-Viral Data at International Papillomavirus Conference|
"We are very excited by the continuing success of the investigational nitric oxide-releasing agents against HPV infections," said Dr. Broker. "The data we are presenting showed significant inhibition of the high-risk HPV-18 genotype and reduction of the E6 viral protein in the raft culture model. We are quite pleased that the testing results from our laboratory have had a very constructive impact in elucidating some of the probable mechanisms of action and the affected cellular and viral pathways."
Published studies have demonstrated that the E6 protein impedes the body's ability to recognize HPV-infected cells and disrupts the cells' ability to repair DNA damage and prevent abnormal cellular replication. As a result, E6 is believed to be a primary driver of HPV-related cancers and other abnormal growths.
"The findings generated in Broker-Chow's human tissue model support the novel mechanism of action of Novan's topical SB206 anti-viral development program," said
About Human Papillomavirus and Genital Warts
HPV refers to a large family of double-stranded DNA viruses that induce abnormal growths on the skin or mucosal surfaces. HPV affects nearly 80 million Americans, and an estimated 14 million new cases of the virus are reported each year, according to the
Genital warts are among the world's most common sexually transmitted diseases. Genital warts are usually flesh-colored growths that can be raised, flat or cauliflower-shaped and are typically found on the surface of the external genitalia or in and around the anus. In males, they can appear on the surface of the penis and scrotum, and in females inside the vagina or on the cervix. Genital warts carry a substantial psychosocial burden due to the shame and embarrassment related to having a sexually transmitted disease as well as the inconvenience and discomfort of current treatment modalities. Current treatment options for genital warts consist of ablative procedures that cut, burn or freeze the warts but do not address the underlying viral infection, and there are no currently approved oral or topical prescription products indicated for the treatment of genital warts with a direct anti-viral mechanism of action.
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