Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive, fibrosing disease of unknown etiology, occurring in adults and limited to the lungs. In IPF, the lung tissue becomes thickened, stiff, and scarred. As lung fibrosis progresses, it becomes more difficult for the lungs to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream and the organs do not receive the oxygen needed to function properly. Pliant is actively developing therapeutics that target fibrosis pathogenesis in order to treat patients with IPF.
Patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) may progress from simple steatosis to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and then fibrosis. While liver fibrosis is reversible in its initial stages, progressive liver fibrosis can lead to cirrhosis. The exact point when fibrosis becomes irreversible is incompletely understood. However, increasing evidence suggests that even early stages of cirrhosis may be reversible. Pliant is developing therapeutics to prevent or even reverse the progression of this disease.
Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)
PSC is a chronic progressive disorder of unknown origin characterized by inflammation and fibrosis of the bile ducts in the liver. While PSC affects nearly 50,000 patients in the United States, there is currently no approved therapy to treat the disease. Given the high unmet medical need, Pliant is dedicated to developing therapies that target the key drivers in the disease process.
Fibrosis in the kidney, characterized by glomerulosclerosis and tubulointerstitial fibrosis, is the final common manifestation of a wide variety of chronic kidney diseases (CKD). Irrespective of the initial causes, progressive CKD often results in widespread tissue scarring that leads to destruction of kidney parenchyma and end-stage renal failure, a devastating condition that requires dialysis or kidney replacement.
Scleroderma encompasses a spectrum of complex and variable conditions primarily characterized by fibrosis, vascular alterations, and autoimmunity. The scleroderma spectrum of disorders share the common feature of fibrosis, resulting in hardening or thickening of the skin. For some patients, this hardening occurs only in limited areas, but for others, it can spread to other major organs. It is the fibrosis of the internal organs that can be fatal.
Following myocardial infarction, cardiac structural remodeling is associated with an inflammatory reaction, resulting in scar formation at the site of the infarction. This scar formation is a result of fibrotic tissue deposition which may lead to reduced cardiac function and disruption of electrical activity within the heart.
Crohn’s Disease is a chronic disease of unknown etiology tending to progress even in the setting of medical or surgical treatment. Intestinal fibrosis is among the most common complications of Crohn’s disease, resulting in stricture formation in the small intestine and colon.