Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is caused by insufficient levels of survival motor neuron (SMN) protein. Recently, we found that sodium 4-phenylbutyrate (PB), a well-tolerated FDA approved drug, enhances SMN gene expression in vitro. We provide here the first evidence that oral administration of PB (triButyrate®) significantly increases SMN expression in leukocytes of SMA patients. This finding provides a strong rationale to further investigate the effects of PB as also supported by preliminary clinical data.
- Spinal muscular atrophy
- Survival of motor neuron gene
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