Daniel Watterson (Inventor)

Research output: Patent


MAP Kinase Targeted Therapeutics NU 2006-087 Inventors Linda J. Van Eldik Daniel Martin Watterson* Abstract Northwestern researchers have identified and validated a novel compound with significant potential in the treatment of neurological diseases. In addition to the specific compound, this invention includes medicinal chemistry refinement which improves the bioavailability of small molecular inhibitors of protein kinases or protein kinase-medicated cellular stress response pathways. The investigators identified a small molecule p38? MAPK inhibitor which presents great therapy potential for CNS disorders in which proinflammatory cytokine overproduction is a component, such as Alzheimers (AD) and related indications, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury. The CNS kinase inhibitor features a number of significant characteristics, making it an ideal candidate for CNS therapy. These include improved molecular properties having good oral bioavailability, blood-brain barrier penetrance, metabolic stability, and non-toxicity in in vivo rodent models. Furthermore, the inhibitor exhibited significant in vitro inhibition selectivity for only the p38? MAPK isoform. Applications Therapeutics: Small Molecule for CNS Advantages High oral bioavailability Improved blood-brain barrier penetrance Increased metabolic stability Non-toxicity in rodent models Highly selective inhibition Publications Munoz L, Ranaivo HR, Roy SM, Hu W, Craft JM, McNamara LK, Chico LW, Van Eldik LJ and Watterson DM (2007) A novel p38? MAPK inhibitor suppresses brain proinflammatory cytokine up-regulation and attenuates synaptic dysfunction and behavioral deficits in an Alzheimer's disease mouse model. Journal of Neuroinflammation. 4: 21. IP Status Issued US Patent No. 7,919,485 Marketing Contact Allan Nader, PhD Invention Manager (e) (p) 847-497-4456
Original languageEnglish
Patent number7919485
StatePublished - Jan 21 2010


Dive into the research topics of 'PROTEIN KINASE TARGETED THERAPEUTICS'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this