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Kineta Inc. is working an array of novel Kv1.3 potassium channel blockers derived from the venom of the Caribbean sea anemone. They are designed to suppress activation of effector memory T-cells, which are mediators of inflammation and tissue damage in multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes mellitus and other autoimmune diseases. Kineta's studies indicate that the company's lead compound appears to inhibit only the effector memory T-cells and leave other immune functions unperturbed.
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