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GPCR antagonists as anti-Ebola virus entry inhibitors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41AI120437-01
Agency Tracking Number: R41AI120437
Amount: $597,057.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: R
Solicitation Number: PA14-072
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-08-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-07-31
Small Business Information
1 INNOVATION DR
Worcester, MA 01605-4307
United States
DUNS: 158864715
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 LIJUN RONG
 (312) 355-0203
 lijun@uic.edu
Business Contact
 TERRY BOWLIN
Phone: (508) 757-2800
Email: tbowlin@microbiotix.com
Research Institution
 UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
 
CHICAGO, IL 60612-7224
United States

 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract

DESCRIPTION provided by applicant Ebola EBOV and Marburg MARV viruses belong to the family Filoviridae and can cause fatal hemorrhagic fevers characterized by widespread tissue destruction with an incubation period of days Because of the safety concerns these viruses are designated as biosafety level agents Currently there is no effective vaccine or therapeutic treatment against filoviral infection and pathogenesis in humans The current ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa has led to more than deaths and underscores the global challenge of treating and controlling this deadly virus This application defines a plan to identify and develop potent small molecule inhibitors which block entry of EBOV into host cells We have developed a cell based HTS protocol targeting Ebola entry to identify small molecule inhibitors that block entry of infectious EBOV The overall objective of this Phase I application is to identify and develop these inhibitors as potential anti Ebola therapeutics This application will focus on the following three specific aims Identify potent
anti Ebola inhibitors from a small molecule library of GPCR antagonists prioritize and chemically modify the most potent inhibitors based on structure activity relationships SARs to improve potency and selectivity Validate the lead inhibitor candidates in the infectious assay
and investigate the mechanism of action MOA of the EBOV inhibitors Select EBOV inhibitors with in vitro ADME properties suitable for i v and oral dosing PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE This project is to discover and develop small molecule entry inhibitors for Ebola viral infection The proposed research will help to develop potential antivira therapeutics

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