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Ataluren, formerly known as PTC124, is a small-molecular agent designed by PTC Therapeutics and sold under the trade name Translarna. It makes ribosomes less sensitive to premature stop codons (referred to as "read-through"). This may be beneficial in diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy where the mRNA contains a mutation causing premature stop codons or nonsense codons. There is ongoing debate over whether Ataluren is truly a functional drug (inducing codon read-through), or if it is nonfunctional, and the result was a false-positive hit from a biochemical screen based on luciferase.
Ataluren has been tested on healthy humans and humans carrying genetic disorders caused by nonsense mutations, such as some people with cystic fibrosis and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In 2010, PTC Therapeutics released preliminary results of its phase 2b clinical trial for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, with participants not showing a significant improvement in the six minute walk distance after the 48 weeks of the trial. This failure resulted in the termination of a $100 million deal with Genzyme to pursue the drug. However, other phase 2 clinical trials were successful for cystic fibrosis in Israel, France and Belgium. Multicountry phase 3 clinical trials are currently in progress for cystic fibrosis in Europe and the USA.
Ataluren appears to be most effective for the stop codon 'UGA'.
On 23 May 2014 ataluren received a positive opinion from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
- Biostrophin, another drug against Duchenne muscular dystrophy
- Ivacaftor and lumacaftor, other drugs against cystic fibrosis in development by Vertex Pharmaceuticals
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