New Evidence Further Validates Ketone Body Therapy as an Effective Approach in Managing Alzheimer's Disease
March 9, 2010
Data to be presented at the 25th International Conference of Alzheimercs Disease International March 10-13, 2010
Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece, March 9, 2010 – Accera, Inc., a biotechnology company delivering breakthrough therapies in central nervous system diseases, announced data which showed that augmentation with ketone bodies significantly improved cognitive function in Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients.
An early feature of AD is region specific declines in cerebral glucose metabolism. One strategy has been to supplement the brain's normal glucose supply with ketone bodies. The company's data was drawn from two clinical studies which examined the cognitive effects of induced ketosis. In both acute and chronic dosing, AC-1202 (Axona®) significantly induced ketosis two hours after administration. Further analysis of the studies revealed that patients administered Axona who lacked the epsilon 4 variant of the APOE gene (E4(-)), demonstrated significant improvement from baseline values in the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive (ADAS-Cog) and improvement compared to placebo. In the population of patients who were both APOE4(-) and dosage compliant, more pronounced improvements in ADAS-cog scores were observed at each assessment timepoint (Day 45 and Day 90). At Day 45 the improvement in ADAS-cog score relative to Placebo was 6.26 (p=0.001), while at Day 90 the difference was 5.33 (p=0.006). hese improvements were remarkable in that they were seen in patients who were already taking prescription Alzheimer medications. Many clinicians consider an improvement greater than 4 points to be clinically significant.
Dr. Samuel Henderson, Vice President of Research, will present these findings at the 25th International Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International. "We firmly believe that addressing the significant decrease in cerebral glucose in Alzheimer's patients is essential in combating this devastating disease,' said Dr. Henderson. " This pharmacogenomic finding provides both insight into the mechanism of ketone-based therapies for Alzheimer's disease, and also allows for the identification of patients who may respond best to therapy.'
Dr. Henderson will present an oral presentation titled Ketone Bodies As a Therapeutic for Alzheimer's Disease during the "Future of Treatments and Diagnosis' session on Thursday, March 11 from 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern European Time in the Olympia Hall A of the Grand Hotel Palace Thessaloniki. The abstract for this presentation will be published in the conference program and abstracts handbook, which will be available to delegates at the conference or through this link:
Axona is a first-in-class prescription product for the clinical dietary management of the metabolic processes associated with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease. Axona targets the metabolic deficiencies and imbalances associated with Alzheimer's disease by providing ketone bodies as an alternative energy source for brain cells that have defective energy metabolism and can no longer utilize glucose. Axona has been shown to safely improve cognitive function and memory in AD patients and in pre-clinical animal models of dementia. With simple administration and once-a-day convenience, Axona is complementary to current Alzheimer's disease therapies. For more information about Axona, please visit www.about-axona.com or ask your physician.