NEW YORK, Dec. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc. (Nasdaq:ITCI), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapeutics for central nervous system (CNS) disorders, today announced four poster presentations at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology being held in Palm Springs, CA, December 3-7, 2017.
The poster presentation (Abstract T189) titled "Favorable Clinical Safety Profile for Lumateperone (ITI-007) - Switching From Standard-Of-Care Antipsychotic Therapy in Patients With Schizophrenia," was presented on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm during Poster Session II.
This poster presented additional data from the ITI-007-303 lumateperone open-label safety switching study in which 302 patients with stable symptoms of schizophrenia were switched from standard-of-care antipsychotic medications to lumateperone with no dose titration required for a 6-week treatment duration, then switched back to standard-of-care for 2 weeks. Lumateperone (ITI-007 60 mg) was generally well tolerated with a favorable safety profile. Statistically significant improvements from standard-of-care baseline were observed in body weight, cardiometabolic and endocrine parameters in patients with stable symptoms of schizophrenia when switched to lumateperone and worsened again when switched back to standard-of-care medication. Additionally, treatment with lumateperone was not associated with the motor or cardiovascular disturbances often associated with other antipsychotic medications. The data, taken together, are consistent with and extend data previously reported in placebo-controlled studies in patients with acute schizophrenia with lumateperone.
The poster presentation (Abstract M76) titled "Lumateperone Uniquely Enhances Glutamatergic Neurotransmission Through Activation of Both NMDA and AMPA Channels via a Dopamine D1 Receptor-Dependent Mechanism: Implications for Treatment of Mood Disorders," was presented on Monday, December 4, 2017, 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm during Poster Session I.
This poster presented data demonstrating that lumateperone, as a standalone agent, indirectly enhances glutamatergic neurotransmission through both AMPA and NMDA channels in the prefrontal cortex via lumateperone’s dopamine D1 receptor activation. This finding had not previously been observed with an antipsychotic agent in the absence of antidepressant augmentation. Additionally, data were presented demonstrating that lumateperone, consistent with a rapid acting antidepressant effect, increases protein phosphorylation of key proteins in the mTOR pathway. These findings, in addition to the potent serotonin transporter inhibition previously described with lumateperone, suggest the potential for lumateperone to exhibit potent and rapid antidepressant effects in patients suffering from a range of mood disorders including co-morbid depression in schizophrenia, bipolar depression, major depressive disorder and treatment-resistant depression.
The poster presentation (Abstract T172) titled "ITI-214, a Potent and Selective PDE 1 Inhibitor: A New Approach to the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases, Including Parkinson’s Disease," was presented on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm during Poster Session II.
This poster presented preclinical data showing the importance of ITI-214 and inhibition of PDE1 in reducing neuroinflammation and in regulating the function of microglial, the primary immune cells of the CNS. The presentation also highlights findings demonstrating that ITI-214 improves motor control in animal models of Parkinson’s disease, enhances cognition and increases wakefulness without stimulating locomotor activity. These findings suggest ITI-214 may represent a therapeutic strategy for preventing or slowing neurodegeneration in patients with Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative or neuropsychiatric diseases in which neuroinflammation and microglia activation is a known component of the disease.
The poster presentation (Abstract W244) titled "Mechanism of Action ITI-333, a Novel Modulator of Serotonin, Dopamine, and Mu Opiate Receptors for the Treatment of Pain and Psychiatric Co-Morbidities Accompanying a Broad Spectrum of Substance Use Disorders," was presented on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm during Poster Session III.
This poster presented preclinical data detailing the unique pharmacology of ITI-333, a compound possessing a three-pronged mechanism of action with high affinity at serotonin 5-HT2A, dopamine D1 and mu opiate (MOP) receptors. The data support a potent partial agonist activity of ITI-333 at MOP receptors, as demonstrated in cell-based receptor assays, and expressed as analgesia in animal models for acute and inflammatory pain. ITI-333 mediates analgesia in pain models over a broad dose range, and, as anticipated for a compound acting as a partial agonist, blocks the effects of high doses of morphine in both pain and motor hyperactivity models. Further, ITI-333 exerts analgesic effects at doses that do not elicit gastrointestinal or respiratory side effects commonly associated with morphine use in animals. In contrast to morphine, ITI-333 also does not elicit signs of physical dependence after chronic administration to rats. Preclinical studies are currently ongoing. ITI-333 is designed as a potential treatment for substance-use disorders, pain and psychiatric comorbidities, including depression and anxiety.
About Intra-Cellular Therapies
Intra-Cellular Therapies is developing novel drugs for the treatment of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases and diseases of the elderly, including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. The Company is developing its lead drug candidate, lumateperone (also known as ITI-007), for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, behavioral disturbances in patients with dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, depression and other neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders. Lumateperone, a first-in-class molecule, is in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar depression and agitation associated with dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. The Company is also utilizing its phosphodiesterase (PDE) platform and other proprietary chemistry platforms to develop drugs for the treatment of CNS and other disorders. The lead molecule in the Company's PDE1 portfolio, ITI-214, is in development for the treatment of symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease.
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