“Mechanistic Studies of Teriflunomide in RRMS”
This study is to address the mechanism of action of teriflunomide in a phase IV open label trial with Teriflunomide in multiple sclerosis. Researchers will recruit 20 relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis patients (Group 1) start on treatment with teriflunomide (Aubagio). Patients will be enrolled from the Multiple Sclerosis Center at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. Meanwhile, 10 healthy controls will be recruited, to establish a healthy baseline for B and T cells, which are affected by both MS and its treatment (Group 2). This Study will collect baseline pre-treatment blood samples periodically for up to 2 years. Blood biomarker changes will be correlated with clinical response to teriflunomide treatment intervention.
Drug - Teriflunomide
AUBAGIOÂ® (teriflunomide) is a prescription medicine used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), which inhibits pyrimidine de novo synthesis by blocking the enzyme dihydroorotate dehydrogenase.
Mechanistic Studies of Teriflunomide in Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis: Regulatory B Lymphocytes as Central Mediators of the Therapeutic Effects of Teriflunomide in MS