Data Published in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience Demonstrate That ZyVersa's Inflammasome ASC Inhibitor, IC 100, Is Effective in Reducing Brain Inflammation in a Preclinical Model of Aging

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Age-related chronic inflammation induced by activation of NLRP1 inflammasomes is implicated in development and progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases

IC 100 research was conducted at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine by acclaimed experts in immunology, and leaders at the forefront of inflammasome research

IC 100, a novel monoclonal antibody inflammasome ASC inhibitor, targets multiple types of inflammasomes, including NLRP1, to block initiation and perpetuation of damaging chronic inflammation

WESTON, Fla. and BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Aug. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- ZyVersa Therapeutics, Inc. ("ZyVersa"), a clinical stage specialty biopharmaceutical company developing first-in-class drugs for treatment of inflammatory and renal diseases, and Larkspur Health Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: LSPR or "Larkspur"), a blank-check special purpose acquisition company, are pleased to announce that data published in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience demonstrate that ZyVersa's inflammasome ASC inhibitor, IC 100, is effective in reducing inflammation in the brains of aged mice. Age-related chronic inflammation is implicated in development and progression of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. The research was conducted by renowned scientists from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Juan Pablo de Rivero Vaccari and Dr. Robert W. Keane.

ZyVersa's Inflammasome ASC Inhibitor, IC 100, Reduced Brain Inflammation in a Preclinical Model of Aging.

"Inflammasome-mediated inflammation leads to devastating neurodegenerative diseases of aging that affect millions of people (e.g., Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease), yet there are no effective treatments for these conditions," stated Dr. Juan Pablo de Rivero Vaccari, Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, and Distinguished Faculty Member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. "Our research indicates that inflammasome ASC inhibition with a mAb we developed, IC 100, shows potential as a treatment option. Our data demonstrate that NLRP1, ASC, and caspase-1 form a multiprotein inflammasome complex in the cortex of aged mice leading to activation of IL-1β and formation of ASC specks. IC 100 administration reduced levels of NLRP1, ASC, caspase-1, activated IL-1β, and ASC specks to levels comparable to those seen in young mice."

"Our research also provides new evidence for a second inflammasome pathway contributing to age-related inflammation (a non-canonical pathway)," indicated Dr. Robert W. Keane, Professor, Physiology and Biophysics, Neurological Surgery and Microbiology, and Immunology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. "We demonstrated that NLRP1, ASC, and caspase-8 formed a non-canonical inflammasome in the brain of aged mice, leading to activation of caspase-1 and IL-1β. This non-canonical inflammasome was also inhibited by IC 100, demonstrating potential for IC 100 to control age-related neuroinflammation by inhibiting both canonical and non-canonical inflammasome activation, strengthening its potential as a treatment option."

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About IC 100

IC 100 is a novel humanized IgG4 monoclonal antibody that inhibits the inflammasome adaptor protein ASC. IC 100 attenuates both initiation and perpetuation of the inflammatory response. It does so by binding to a specific region of the ASC component of multiple types of inflammasomes, including NLRP1, NLRP2, NLRP3, NLRC4, AIM2, and Pyrin. Intracellularly, IC 100 binds to ASC monomers, inhibiting inflammasome formation, thereby blocking activation of IL-1β early in the inflammatory cascade. IC 100 also binds to ASC in ASC Specks, both intracellularly and extracellularly, further blocking activation of IL-1β, and the perpetuation of the inflammatory response that is pathogenic in inflammatory diseases. Because active cytokines amplify adaptive immunity through various mechanisms, IC 100, by attenuating cytokine activation, attenuates the adaptive immune response as well.

About ZyVersa Therapeutics, Inc.

ZyVersa is a clinical stage specialty biopharmaceutical company leveraging advanced, proprietary technologies to develop first-in-class drugs. Our focus is on patients with inflammatory or renal diseases who have significant unmet medical needs. Our development pipeline includes a novel inflammasome ASC inhibitor with potential to treat multiple CNS and other inflammatory diseases. It also includes phase 2a-ready VAR 200, a cholesterol efflux mediator for treatment of rare kidney disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. VAR 200 has potential to treat other kidney diseases, such as Alport Syndrome and Diabetic Kidney Disease. For more information, please visit www.zyversa.com.

About Larkspur Health Acquisition Corp.

Larkspur is a Special Purpose Acquisition Company formed to identify a biopharmaceutical company that can develop and thrive as a newly formed public company and benefit from Larkspur's operational expertise and a significant infusion of capital. Each of Larkspur's management team and board of directors have been former management and executive leadership of private and public biopharmaceutical companies and have over 50+ years of aggregate investment and operational experiences. The team strongly believes in the growth opportunities in the biotechnology industry. They are experienced operators who seek to partner with top innovators and thinkers in the biopharmaceutical field. As operators, their entrepreneurial approach enables support for management teams in making impactful decisions with an eye toward growth and operational excellence. For more information, please visit www.lsprhealth.com.

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