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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

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Therapeutics
Analgesic

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

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Therapeutics

Treating Glioblastoma by a Combination Therapy of Gamma-secretase inhibitors and Farnesyltransferase Inhibitors

Scientists at Vanderbilt have developed a novel therapy for gliobastoma multiform that results in minimal recurrence of the tumor. The therapy combines two inhibitors that effectively compromise tumor cell growth and survival. The therapy can be followed by radiation, a common treatment for cancer cells.


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Karen Rufus

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Inventors

Jialiang Wang
Therapeutics

Inhibitors of Inward-Rectifying Potassium Channels (Insecticide)

This research targets IRK.


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Tom Utley

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