Technology Bundle ID
TAB-3485

2-substituted Pyridines and Their Methods for Inhibiting BMP Signaling for the Treatment of Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva

Applications
Linked ID
E-018-2015-0
Lead Inventors
Arthur Lee (NCATS)
Co-Inventors
Agustin Mohedas (Massachusetts General Hospital)
Gregory Cuny (Massachusetts General Hospital)
Paul Yu (Massachusetts General Hospital)
ICs
This technology includes the use of a new class of molecules (nanomolar ALK2 inhibitor) to impede bone morphogenetic proteins (BMP) signaling for the treatment of Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP). FOP is a rare disease, characterized by malformation of the great (big) toes during embryonic development. Individuals with FOP have an identical heterozygous activating mutation (R206H) in the gene encoding ACRV1 (also known as ALK2), a BMP type 1 receptor. This compound was created by replacing a quinoline moiety with a naphthalene moiety which gave rise to a class of molecules that are not susceptible to aldehyde oxidase (AO) metabolism, a major pathway for quinoline-containing molecules. Elimination of this metabolic pathway can have major benefits, such as increased systemic exposure, prevention of potential toxic effects of quinoline metabolites, and avoiding inter-subject variability based on AO polymorphism.
Commercial Applications
A nanomolar ALK2 inhibitor to be used as a prophylactic, acute or chronic therapy for patients with FOP.
Competitive Advantages
This therapy is derived from a new, distinct class of compounds and would benefit those suffering from this disorder where there is currently no effective treatment available.

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