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Treatment of liver disease and cancer prevention

Objective

Advanced liver disease and cancer is the only major cause of death still increasing each year. Major causes include hepatitis B and C viruses, alcohol and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease/steatohepatitis (NAFLD/NASH). A major contributing factor to the increasing incidence and mortality of liver disease is the staggering rise in obesity. The absence of effective therapeutic options for NAFLD/NASH, advanced liver disease and cancer contribute to the poor prognosis and the high cost associated with patient care. We have established a tractable and clinically relevant human cell-based model system in which viral infection, ethanol or free fatty acids induce a clinical gene expression signature robustly predicting liver disease progression and long-term HCC risk in cirrhotic patients. Using this model we identified compounds as HCC chemopreventive agents. Aiming to evaluate these compounds for future clinical development and potential commercialization we will perform proof-of-concept studies in state-of-the-art mouse models for NASH and hepatocarcinogenesis. Specifically we will assess the therapeutic effect on liver inflammation, steatosis, fibrosis and HCC development and investigate its safety in long-term administration. With the completion of this program we expect to obtain a robust proof-of-concept data package as a first- or best-in-class compound for treatment of chronic liver disease and prevention of HCC.

Host institution

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE
Net EU contribution
€ 150 000,00
Address
Rue De Tolbiac 101
75654 Paris
France

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (2)

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 150 000,00
Address
Rue De Tolbiac 101
75654 Paris

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

UNIVERSITE DE STRASBOURG
France
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Rue Blaise Pascal 4
67081 Strasbourg

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Region
Grand Est Alsace Bas-Rhin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00