New Treatment Blocks and Reverses Pulmonary Fibrosis

MicroRNA Mimicry Blocks Pulmonary Fibrosis

Using mouse models, researchers from Yale University and miRagen Therapeutics have shown that miR-29 blocks and reverses pulmonary fibrosis.

Yale University researchers are studying a potential new treatment that reverses the effects of pulmonary fibrosis, a respiratory disease in which scars develop in the lungs and severely hamper breathing.

The treatment uses a microRNA mimic, miR-29, which is delivered to lung tissue intravenously. In mouse models, miR-29 not only blocked pulmonary fibrosis, it reversed fibrosis after several days.

The findings were published September 19 in the journal EMBO Molecular Medicine.

“The mimic, when injected into the blood, goes to the lung and it has a sustained effect. We are very impressed that it can reverse fibrosis, not only prevent it,” said Naftali Kaminski, M.D., a professor at Yale School of Medicine and section chief of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. He is a corresponding author of the study.

The research is a collaboration between Yale and miRagen Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company based in Boulder, Colorado. The company had developed miR-29 previously as a possible therapy for cardiac disease. Kaminski, whose group pioneered research in microRNA in lung fibrosis, saw the potential for use of miR-29 in pulmonary fibrosis, as did Eva van Rooij, the scientist who discovered the role for miR-29 in cardiac fibrosis and is a senior co-author on the paper.

“I’m particularly excited about working with this microRNA,” said van Rooij, who now is at the Hubrecht Institute in the Netherlands. “All evidence points to it being a master regulator of fibrosis.”

The next step, Kaminski said, will be to begin evaluating miR-29 as a therapeutic for human Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). Once considered a rare disease, IPF now affects more than 200,000 people in the United States, where about 30,000 people die from IPF every year. The median survival from diagnosis is 3-5 years, and despite recent promising advances there is no intervention that reverses the disease.

Publication: Rusty L Montgomery, et al., “MicroRNA mimicry blocks pulmonary fibrosis,” EMBO Molecular Medicine, 2014; DOI: 10.15252/emmm.201303604

Image: Michael S. Helfenbein

11 Comments on "New Treatment Blocks and Reverses Pulmonary Fibrosis"

  1. So glad to hear this. When I was reading about lung fibrosis I was surprised to learn that it could not be reversed. We public had been told that cessation of smoking could reverse lung damage in 5 years and I did not see why fibrosis could not. I suspect there is an environmental contaminant that hinders lung fibrosis reversal. Perhaps fluoride in our water?
    I have had lung fibrosis for years after living in N WI where fungal pneumonia is rampant, blastomycosis. I have been diligent in banning sugars, and adhering to spring water. Various amino acids and herbals added. I still have fibrosis but is responding well.

  2. How is he doing using these herbs?

  3. To whom it may concern, please email me new information related to pulmonary fibrosis. thanks very much.

  4. Patricia Lallo | July 12, 2019 at 11:42 pm | Reply

    I am wondering if COPD could be reversed with the treatments that reversed Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

  5. Catherine byers | November 2, 2020 at 8:53 am | Reply

    I would love to hear of any new treatments for pulmonary fibrosis. If only to give me some hope

  6. Andrea Comunale | December 5, 2020 at 1:14 pm | Reply

    I have IPF over 3 years. I hope you can give me information about the multivitamin herabl remedy.

  7. have IPF . I hope you can give me information about the multivitamin herabl remedy. Or a new treatment thank you

  8. How can I access this herb

  9. FRANK ROLAND DELE | March 26, 2021 at 1:46 am | Reply

    I suffered deeply with stage four sarcoidosis which progressed to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). I was hospitalized eighteen times in three years, mostly with flare ups and pneumonia. For me, the chronic widespread pain takes my breath away more than the disease itself. At times the pain is so severe I find it difficult to do anything. My life was gradually coming to an end, until I saw World Herbs Clinic on google during my research for alternative help for IPF.. I knew health is wealth thus I decided to give it a try, thank God I did. I got the Lungs disease formula four working days after placing an order. OMG I started noticing change in my breath after one month of taking the herbs formula, My IPF was completely reversed after THREE months of usage. Now i’m happy and free from this deadly disease. I recommend World Herbs Clinic for Lungs disease patients..

  10. Frank Roland,your story seems too good to be true.I hope you are saying the truth.If this is really true,it will help my 25 year old daughter.But I don’t want to give false hopes.That is a sin

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