Molecular Weight(MW): 509
Belnacasan (VX-765) is a potent and selective inhibitor of caspase-1 with Ki of 0.8 nM in a cell-free assay. Phase 2.
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BMMs were treated as above for 1 h. Cell lysates, as well as cell culture supernatants, were analyzed by western blot for cleavage of caspase-1. Glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) served as loading control.
Mucosal Immunol, 2015, 10.1038/mi.2015.44. Belnacasan (VX-765) purchased from Selleck.
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|Description||Belnacasan (VX-765) is a potent and selective inhibitor of caspase-1 with Ki of 0.8 nM in a cell-free assay. Phase 2.|
|Features||A potent and selective inhibitor of interleukin-converting enzyme/caspase-1.|
VX-765 is an orally absorbed prodrug of VRT-043198, which exhibits potent inhibition against ICE/caspase-1 and caspase-4 with Ki of 0.8 nM and less than 0.6 nM, respectively. And VRT-043198 also inhibits IL-1β release from both PBMCs and whole blood with IC50 of 0.67 μM and 1.9 μM, respectively. 
|In vivo||In collagen-induced arthritis mouse model, VX-765 (200 mg/kg) inhibits LPS-induced IL-1β production by about 60%, and results in a dose-dependent, statistically significant reduction in the inflammation scores and effective protection from joint changes.  In vivo, VX-765 blocks kindling epileptogenesis in rats by preventing IL-1β increase in forebrain astrocytes without significant effect on afterdischarge duration.  In the mouse model of acute seizures, VX-765 (50 mg/kg-200 mg/kg) produces the anticonvulsant effect by delaying the time to onset of the first seizure and decreasing the number of seizures as well as their total duration by average 50% and 64%.  In adult rats with genetic absence epilepsy (GAERS), VX-765, after the 3rd drug injection, significantly reduces the cumulative duration and number of spike-and-wave discharges (SWDs) by 55% on average by selectively blocking IL-1β biosynthesis. |
|In vitro||DMSO||100 mg/mL warmed (196.46 mM)|
|Ethanol||100 mg/mL warmed (196.46 mM)|
|In vivo||2% DMSO+30% PEG 300+ddH2O||5mg/mL|
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Clinical Trial Information
|NCT Number||Recruitment||Conditions||Sponsor/Collaborators||Start Date||Phases|
|NCT01501383||Terminated||Epilepsy||Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated||December 2011||Phase 2|
|NCT01048255||Completed||Partial Epilepsy||Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated||January 2010||Phase 2|
|NCT00205465||Completed||Psoriasis||Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated||December 2004||Phase 2|
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