Author Archives: Patricia Inacio PhD

Researchers Identify a Blood Biomarker for Epidermolysis Bullosa-associated Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Using a simple blood sample may be sufficient to detect a biomarker for skin cancer in epidermolysis bullosa patients, a new study suggests. This is because the cancer-specific variant of the SLCO1B3 gene is found exclusively in extracellular vesicles detected in blood circulation. The study reporting the findings is titled “Extracellular Vesicles as…

Fibroblast Skin Injections Show Promise in Healing Wounds in Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Patients, Study Finds

Injecting fibroblasts directly into a wound led to higher rates of healing and complete closure than other more common methods in patients with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB), a severe form of epidermolysis bullosa, researchers found. Findings were reported in the study, “Cultured allogeneic fibroblast injection versus…

Abeona’s Gene Therapy EB-101 Receives FDA’s Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy Designation

Abeona Therapeutics‘ EB-101, a gene therapy in development for patients with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB), has received the regenerative medicine advanced therapy (RMAT) designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The RMAT designation is attributed to promising “regenerative” therapies — cell therapies, tissue engineering, or cell and…

Orally Administered Calcitriol Reduced Inflammation in EB Mice

A lack of vitamin D is a potential key factor in epidermolysis bullosa acquisita (EBA), researchers have found. Using mouse models of the disease, they showed that orally administrating calcitriol, vitamin D’s active form, reduced disease severity and improved inflammation by regulating the immune system’s response. The study, “…

KB103 Investigational Therapy Receives Clearance from RAC Committee

Krystal Biotech recently announced that its leading investigational therapy for epidermolysis bullosa, KB103, has received clearance from the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee. Krystal Biotech is a gene therapy company developing new therapeutics for dermatological diseases including epidermolysis bullosa. Its lead candidate KB103 is being studied as a potential treatment for dystrophic epidermolysis…