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Acetylon Presents Preclinical Data Demonstrating the Utility of Selective HDAC1,2 Inhibition by ACY-957 to Induce Gamma Globin (HBG) Protein Expression for the Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease and Beta-Thalassemia

Acetylon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the leader in the development of selective histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors for enhanced therapeutic outcomes, today announced that it will present preclinical data comparing the effects of alternative dosing schedules for the selective HDAC1,2 inhibitor, ACY-957, on gamma globin (HBG) protein expression. In an oral presentation at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting (ASH) in San Diego, California, Jeffrey R. Shearstone, Ph.D., Associate Director of Biology at Acetylon, will present data demonstrating that treatment with ACY-957 was well tolerated in a 3-week dosing regime and led to greater than 50-fold increases of HBG mRNA and protein in non-anemic primates.