Isomyosamine (isomyosmine), an isomer of myosmine, known by the brand name MYMD-1®, is a synthetic alkaloid derived from tobacco plant with potential lifespan extending properties.
Isomyosamine is capable of suppressing production of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α): an immune cell signalling protein and inflammatory cytokine responsible for inducing and maintaining the inflammatory process. TNF-α is located upstream of a cascade of molecular signals that induces inflammation, promotes insulin resistance and helps activate the process of aging. Many in vivo and in vitro studies showed that TNFα plays a causative role in the pathogenesis of various age-related diseases, including diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis.
MyMD-1 targets the root causes of inflammation and regulates the immuno-metabolic system through the modulation of numerous pro-inflammatory cytokines, including TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-17A. Moreover, isomyosamine exhibits similar biological activities to mTOR inhibitors rapamycin, everolimus and sirolimus owing to their largely overlapping mechanisms of action. Furthermore, MyMD-1 even slightly outperformed rapamycin in a mouse longevity study.
Rapamycin is the gold standard longevity drug, given its consistency and reproducibility in extending lifespan and prolonging healthspan across a wide spectrum of animal models. The non-inferiority study of MyMD-1 when compared to rapamycin, make it an attractive alternative, especially if MyMD-1 superiority proves to be reproducible, as claimed by the study in C57BL/6 mice. For now, it is still premature to conclude MyMD-1 is superior to rapamycin and further studies will need to replicate these findings, potentially via the NIH Aging Interventions Testing Program (ITP).
Apart from longevity, isomyosamine holds significant therapeutic potential in many autoimmune conditions such as autoimmune thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune encephalomyelitis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
The ease of Isomyosamine oral dosing is a groundbreaking differentiator compared to currently available TNF-α blockers, all of which require delivery by injection or infusion, whereas MyMD-1 is available orally as capsules. MyMD-1 is not detrimental to cell viability and is a small molecule that can cross the blood-brain barrier, potentially enabling it to treat brain-related disease. Commercial efforts are currently evaluating the effectiveness of MyMD-1 in Phase II studies for treating sarcopenia/frailty as a result of the aging process, and other early-stage clinical trials are evaluating its use for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), with the potential to expand into other applications. (see: NCT05283486)
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- MyMD-1: Potential treatment for s Multiple Sclerosis Depression
- MyMD Pharmaceuticals® Announces Upcoming Presentation of Preclinical Rheumatoid Arthritis Data for Oral TNF-α Inhibitor MYMD-1® at the Society of Toxicology 2023 Annual Meeting on March 20, 2023, at 9:00 AM CT
- The Phase 2 multi-center double-blind, placebo controlled, randomized study (NCT05283486) investigates the efficacy, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of MYMD-1 in the treatment of chronic inflammation associated with sarcopenia/frailty in participants aged 65 years or older.]