Ozgene News, February 2014
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Mouse model gives new insight into enzyme inhibiting drugs

Diabetes and cancer are some of the biggest medical concerns that we are faced with in current times. Increased interest in using enzyme inhibiting drugs for these medical conditions has sparked some interesting research. Associate Professor Mark Gorrell and his team at Sydney's Centenary Institute have been looking into outcomes of inhibiting specific enzymes that irreversibly cut bioactive peptides.

Enzyme inhibiting drugs, such as therapies based on inhibiting the dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP) family of enzymes, have been under investigation as therapies for both diabetes and cancer. There are currently prescription drugs widely used for the treatment of diabetes that are DPP4 specific and are both effective and safe. The focus of Professor Gorrell's research is on the inhibition of DPP9, which is a promising cancer therapy for adult humans. What the research team found was quite unexpected.

Using mice models produced by Ozgene, Professor Gorrell discovered that mice lacking the active form of the enzyme DPP9 die shortly after birth, even though the pregnancy and birth were normal. It is possible that the same could happen in humans with inhibition of this enzyme. This discovery reinforces the importance of thorough testing and specific targeting of enzyme inhibiting drugs


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