Activators of Myosin II for Modulating Cell Mechanics

Case ID:
Disclosure Date:
C12770: Novel Panel of Myosin II Activators for Disease Therapy and Tissue Engineering


A panel of myosin II activators developed to treat disease and useful for tissue engineering in regenerative medicine.

Value Proposition:

Changes in cellular mechanics due to impaired activity of myosin II, a motor protein essential for cell division, motility, and rigidity, is associated with numerous diseases, including myopathies, heart failure, and cancer. This technology provides a panel of small molecule myosin II activators that strongly stimulate the cellular contractile system, valuable as promising new therapeutics for disorders related to defective motor mechanochemistry. Advantages include:
• Permits targeted correction of aberrant cell mechanics via promotion of myosin II activity and accumulation
• Enables differential modulation of cell and tissue mechanics
• Broadly applicable for disease therapy and tissue engineering purposes

Technical Details:

Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered a series of small molecules promoting myosin II activity, presenting excellent new compounds for the treatment of diseases associated with impaired cellular mechanics. Failure in processes guiding cell and tissue motility and morphogenesis can result in a multitude of different diseases, and compounds to correct these aberrant cell mechanics are strongly needed. Using a recently developed Dictyostelium drug discovery platform, inventors identified a panel of small molecules that serve as activators of motor protein myosin II by strongly promoting its assembly and recruitment to contractile structures in the cell. Besides presenting powerful new therapeutics for numerous diseases including metastatic cancers, the reported compounds may also prove useful for tissue engineering in regenerative medicine.

Looking for Partners:

To develop and commercialize this technology as novel myosin II modulators for disease therapy and tissue engineering.

Stage of Development:


Data Availability:

Under CDA / NDA

Publications/Associated Cases:

Not available at this time
Patent Information:
Title App Type Country Serial No. Patent No. File Date Issued Date Expire Date Patent Status
Activators of Myosin II for Modulating Cell Mechanics CIP: Continuation-in-part United States 15/946,849 10,787,410 4/6/2018 9/29/2020 12/16/2034 Granted
TREATING AND PREVENTING DISEASES BY MODULATING CELL MECHANICS CON: Continuation United States 16/921,318   7/6/2020     Pending
Get custom alerts for techs in these categories/from these inventors:
For Information, Contact:
Vera Sampels
Save This Technology:
2017 - 2022 © Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures. All Rights Reserved. Powered by Inteum