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Small Molecule-GIRK Potassium Channel Modulators That Are Anxiolytic Therapeutics

The G-protein activated, inward-rectifying potassium (K+) channels, "GIRKs", are a family of ion channels that has been the focus of intense research interest for nearly two decades. GIRK has been shown to play important roles in the pathophysiology of diseases such as anxiety, epilepsy, Down's syndrome, pain perception and drug addiction. Here scientists at Vanderbilt developed the first truly potent, effective, and selective GIRK activator, ML297 (VU0456810) and demonstrated that ML297 is active in animal models of epilepsy. While the group is using ML297 to continue to explore the therapeutic benefits of GIRK modulation, they are continuing to develop more selective and druggable GIRK inhibitors from different scaffolds.


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Tom Utley

615.343.3852
Therapeutics
Analgesic

Systems-Biology Infrastructure to Identify Drug Repurposing Opportunities as Antiviral & Anticancer Therapeutics

Vanderbilt researchers have developed an in-silico screening method to reveal new indications for existing drugs with known protein targets using a novel infrastructure. The infrastructure integrates multiple factors across system-biology models to create a drug discovery pipeline.


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Clarissa Muere

615.343.2430

Antimicrobial Compounds and Methods of Use Thereof

Vanderbilt researchers, led by Eric Skaar, Ph.D., have identified novel compounds that are antimicrobial. These compounds represent a first in class as they target a new bacterial pathway that has never been targeted as an antimicrobial strategy.


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Karen Rufus

615.322.4295
Therapeutics

Inhibitors of Inward-Rectifying Potassium Channels (Insecticide)

This research targets IRK.


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Tom Utley

615.343.3852