The present invention refers to a monoclonal antibody which specifically binds and neutralizes a neurotoxic tau-derived peptide and its therapeutic application for the cure and treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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The major limitations of the use of antibodies against amyloid for the therapeutic treatment of AD include the development of encephalitis, lack of clinical improvement and the absence of an effect on the pathology of tau which is another important neuropathological feature of AD. Our antibody that selectively neutralizes a toxic form of tau and also has a powerful effect on amyloid production and memory deficits will allow us to optimize a better therapeutic strategy for treating AD. The SOM to which the humanized version of our anti-tau monoclonal antibody is directed is the bio-medical and health one. Considering that the incidence of dementigenic diseases, such as Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is increasing due to the progressive aging of the world population, forecasts in the following decades are for future growth of the market for the marketing of the product.


Due to the progressive aging of the worldwide population, neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's Disease (AD), show heavy health and socio-economic burden on our society and pharmacological treatments aimed at slowing down or even stopping its irreversible clinical course are urgently needed. Pharmacological interventions currently available are really ineffective and only symptomatic. In this perspective, it is believed that the development of novel and best-targeted therapeutic approaches for the treatment of this devastating disorder represents the winning strategy.

Current Technology Limitations

The use of specific monoclonal antibodies binding and neutralizing the neurotoxic peptides (beta-amyloid and tau) causally involved in the onset and development of Alzheimer's disease represents a novel avenue of immunotherapeutic approaches for the treatment of this neurodegenerative illness. In this framework, the development of antibodies, that selectively remove these target toxic peptides from the brain -without interfering with the normal physiology of the neuronal proteins they are derived from- is crucial to ensure a cure that is both effective and avoid of harmful potential side-effects.

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Engineering of the mouse antibody 12A12mAb in an its ‘’humanized’’ variant endowed with high affinity, high specificity and absence of immunogenicity followed by biochemical, biophysical and functional characterization.

Our Technology and solutions

Our research group has developed a monoclonal antibody (12A12mAb) which has been patented (PCT060934 "Antibody directed against a tau-derived neurotoxic peptide and uses thereof", 27.04.2018). Such antibody, which is unique in its ability of selectively recognizing a highly-neurotoxic peptide generated by abnormal cleavage of human tau without interfering with the important physiological function of the whole protein, when intravenously injected into two animal models of Alzheimer's disease (AD), markedly reduces the symptoms, both at a behavioral (spatial memory, orientation) and anatomo-pathological (senile plaques and neuro-fibrillar aggregates) levels. A "humanized" version of this antibody will allow patients a best targeted and safer therapeutic pathway for AD.


The clinical use of a "humanized" version of the 12A12mAb antibody will allow patients to initiate a therapeutic approach to Alzheimer's disease that is more advantageous than traditional immunotherapies as it is: 1) best-targeted and, therefore, potentially more effective (selective for the toxic target in the absence of non-specific, "non-productive" and highly harmful interactions); 2) free from potential side-effects (possibility of long-term treatments which are essential for the clinical management of chronic age-associated diseases, use of a lower dosages with reduction of side effects); 3) non-invasive (intravenous) administration route (ease of therapeutic use on a large number of patients).


The production and characterization of the "humanized" variant of 12A12mAb is the essential step to be performed before starting in patients a future therapeutic avenue for AD. The following steps are required: dose-response studies in animal models, preclinical pharmacology and pharmacokinetic studies, analysis of biochemical and biophysical properties for optimal formulation, human clinical studies. It needs the support of a pharmaceutical industry which is interested in the production, development and optimization of pharmacologically active molecules (therapeutic monoclonal antibodies) with GMP technology.

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