Hydrogen Sulfide-Releasing Therapeutics: Translation to the Clinic



On 2nd October 2017, in journal meeting, the topic “Hydrogen Sulfide-Releasing Therapeutics: Translation to the Clinic” was discussed. Shortly after the discovery of the role of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in many physiological and pathological processes, attempts were made to develop novel pharmaceuticals that may be of benefit for treatment or prevention of a wide range of disorders. The promise of H2S-based therapeutics is now being demonstrated in clinical trials. H2S-releasing drugs, such as SG1002 for cardiovascular disorders, and ATB-346 for arthritis, have progressed into clinical trials and have shown considerable promise. Some older drugs, such as zofenopril, have now been recognized to produce at least some of the beneficial effects through the release of H2S. The proof-of-concept clinical studies reviewed herein pave the way for examination, in a clinical setting, of several other potential applications of H2S-based drugs in a wide range of disorders, including diabetes, hypertension, and cancer chemoprevention