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Jan 3 (Reuters) - Shares of drug developer Dyne Therapeutics DYN.Ojumped 18% on Wednesday after its experimental therapy for a muscle-wasting disorder called Duchenne muscular dystrophy(DMD) showed promise in a small, early-stage trial.
The early findings from therapy designated DYNE-251 weighed down on rival Sarepta Therapeutics SRPT.O, which makes several drugs to treat the condition, pushing its shares down 2.1% to $94.19 after the markets opened.
Stifel analyst Paul Matteis said in a note that DMD data shows a promising start, as the dose is smaller and efficacy is better than Sarepta's drug.
In the early-to-mid-stage study, Dyne's therapy increased levels of a protein in muscle cells by 0.28% at six months in six patients with DMD.
This compares to a 0.06% increase in the levels of dystrophin protein, which helps keep muscles intact, after treatment with Sarepta's Exondys 51.
In a separate study, another experimental drug called DYNE-101 helped increase muscle concentration in patients with myotonic dystrophy type 1, another muscle-wasting disease that impacts mobility, breathing and heart function and has no approved treatments.
DMD affects an estimated one-in-3,500 male births worldwide, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders.
DYNE-251 and Exondys 51 belong to a class of "exon-skipping" therapies, which work by skipping specific parts of genes, called exons, to allow the body to make shorter forms of the dystrophin protein.
Waltham, Massachusetts-based Dyne had a market capitalization of $801.6 million as of Tuesday's closing price of $13.06. Its shares were trading at $15.60 in early trading after more than doubling during premarket hours.
(Reporting by Puyaan Singh and Mariam Sunny in Bengaluru; Editing by Tasim Zahid)
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