PLX cellsPluristem Begins Dosing with Covid-19 Therapy in Israel

Published 1 April 2020

Pluristem Therapeutics has started dosing Covid-19 patients in Israel with PLX cells under a compassionate use programme approved by the country’s health ministry.
Dosing was performed in three patients at two hospitals. Pluristem intends to recruit more coronavirus patients in the coming days.
Clinical Trials reports that PLX cells are off-the-shelf allogeneic mesenchymal-like cells with immunomodulatory properties that could trigger the immune system’s natural regulatory T-cells and M2 macrophages.
This mechanism is expected to block the overactivation of the immune system, which leads to complications.
It is hoped that the approach will potentially decrease the incidence and\or severity of pneumonia and pneumonitis associated with Covid-19 infection.