Farnesylation of PARIS Prevents Dopaminergic Neurodegeneration in Models of Parkinson’s Disease

Case ID:
C13918
Disclosure Date:
12/11/2015
Description:
Unmet Need: Parkinson's disease (PD) is an incurable progressive neurodegenerative disease. It is characterized clinically by motor dysfunction that is due to the preferential loss of dopaminergic neurons in the brain. Current treatment strategies for PD are mainly limited to the management of the motor symptoms with drugs such as L-DOPA or dopamine receptor agonists and deep brain stimulation. However, current therapies are insufficient and have not been proven to delay or prevent the onset or progression of PD.
 
Technical Details: JHU inventors have expertise in the key players such as PARIS and mechanisms behind Parkinson’s disease. Post- translational modification of PARIS prevents its ability to bind chromatin and inhibit gene transcription.  A high throughput screen identified a known compound that activate a key promoter in the presence of PARIS. It was selected for further characterization based on properties suggesting it could be an orally bioavailable and brain permeable compound that could modify the levels of players in PD pathology. In vivo experiments have shown that oral administration in mouse chow effectively permeates the blood brain barrier to enhance levels. JHU is looking for partners to continue to develop this technology.

Stage of development/data: In vivo studies
 
Patent Information:
Title App Type Country Serial No. Patent No. File Date Issued Date Expire Date Patent Status
METHODS OF PREVENTING OR TREATING PARKINSON’S DISEASE BY THE FARNESYLATION PCT: Patent Cooperation Treaty PCT PCT/US2017/022768   3/17/2017     Pending
METHODS OF PREVENTING OR TREATING PARKINSON’S DISEASE BY THE FARNESYLATION PCT: Patent Cooperation Treaty United States 16/133,659 9/17/2018     Pending
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For Information, Contact:
Carole Burns
cburns21@jhu.edu
410-614-0300
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