Notice of Allowance Issued for Method of Treating Cytokine Storm Using Melanocortin-Specific Peptide

Potential Broad Utility in Treating Indications Characterized by Cytokine Storm

Nov 30, 2021, 07:30 ET

CRANBURY, N.J., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Palatin Technologies, Inc. (NYSE American: PTN), a specialized biopharmaceutical company developing first-in-class medicines based on molecules that modulate the activity of the melanocortin peptide receptor system, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a Notice of Allowance for application No.: 16/927,347. The allowed claims relate to the use of melanocortin peptides to decrease pro-inflammatory cytokine production and expression associated with cytokine storm, a dysregulation of the immune system characterized by undesired cytokine expression.

Carl Spana, Ph.D., President and CEO of Palatin, stated, “We continue to strengthen our intellectual property surrounding our melanocortin receptor-1 peptide portfolio, particularly when early data suggest they can help resolve the over production and expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines associated with many diseases, including acute viral infections such as COVID-19. We continue to develop this technology as part of our diversified platform.”

This patent is in a family of patents relating to melanocortin receptor-1 peptides and covers additional intellectual property relating to use of high potency melanocortin receptor-1 peptides.

About Melanocortins and Inflammation

The melanocortin receptor (“MCr”) system has effects on food intake, metabolism, sexual function, inflammation, and immune system responses. There are five melanocortin receptors, MC1r through MC5r. Modulation of these receptors, through receptor-specific agonists, which activate receptor function, or receptor-specific antagonists, which block receptor function, can have significant pharmacological effects.

Many tissues and immune cells located in various organs such as the eye. gut, and kidney express melanocortin receptors, providing the opportunity to directly activate natural pathways to resolve disease inflammation.

About Palatin

Palatin is a biopharmaceutical company developing first-in-class medicines based on molecules that modulate the activity of the melanocortin and natriuretic peptide receptor systems, with targeted, receptor-specific product candidates for the treatment of diseases with significant unmet medical need and commercial potential. Palatin’s strategy is to develop products and then form marketing collaborations with industry leaders to maximize their commercial potential. For additional information regarding Palatin, please visit Palatin’s website at

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SOURCE Palatin Technologies, Inc.

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