Psoriasis affects 3% of the population worldwide, and there is no known cure. Psoriasis is associated with an increased risk of psoriatic arthritis, lymphomas, cardiovascular disease, and Crohn’s disease. Psoriasis treatments today include steroid and vitamin D3 cream, ultraviolet light, and immune system suppressing medications such as methotrexate.
The T cells responsible for psoriasis are Th1 and Th l7 cells. IL-22, produced by Th17 cells, is crucial for the proliferation of keratinocytes. IL-22 with the help of IL-17 can induce the critical events of psoriasis. To maintain Th17 cells, IL-23 is required, and it is released from tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) induced pathways. The pathophysiology of psoriasis involves RORC (retinoic acid receptor-related orphan nuclear receptor gamma) as a critical transcription factor for the development of Th17 cells. FDA has approved an antibody Secukinumab® targeting TNF-α for the treatment of psoriasis. Other FDA approved drugs are Tremfya® targeting IL23 for treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and Taltz® that blocks IL17 for treatment of plaque psoriasis.
Metadichol® a nanoformulation of long-chain lipid alcohols derived from food is a TNF-alpha inhibitor and also binds to Vitamin D receptor (VDR) that could have beneficial effects on Psoriasis. VDR modulates Th1-mediated inflammatory disease like psoriasis. We now present evidence that Metadichol is an inverse agonist of RORγt and AHR (Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor) thus controlling Th17, IL17 and IL22. Being a TNF-alpha inhibitor, it can control IL23 thus blocking the significant pathways that exacerbate psoriasis. We present case studies of 7 patients afflicted with psoriasis and skin related conditions and how treatment with Metadichol resolved the underlying disease. Metadichol® has properties that allow its use as a safe nontoxic, toxic solution to combating the growing number of psoriasis cases.
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Date of publication: 23 November 2017; Journal of Clinical & Experimental Dermatology Research
Author information: Palayakotai R. Raghavan (1)
(1) Nanorx Inc, Chappaqua, NY, United States