In the last few years macrocyclic peptides have emerged as a better class of lead candidates for inhibition of protein-protein interactions with respect to conventional small molecules. The IRBM peptide chemistry team collaborated with the teams at Merck & co. and RaPharma to develop potent macrocyclic peptide inhibitors of PCSK9 a key regulator of plasma LDL-cholesterol.
Trypanosoma brucei is a parasite responsible for human African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, a disease endemic in sub-Saharan Africa, with 70 million people at risk of infection. Current treatments are limited by their toxicity, administration in endemic countries and treatment resistance.
Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), also known as sleeping sickness, is a parasitic disease that causes significant mortality in sub- Saharan Africa. A previous publication from IRBM laboratory reported the identification of 2-(1H-imidazo-2-yl)piperazines as a new series of potent T. brucei growth inhibitors.
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is responsible for the homeostasis between the cerebral vasculature and the brain. It has a key role in regulating the influx and efflux of substances, in healthy and diseased states. Stem cell technology offers the opportunity to use human brain-specific cells to establish in vitro BBB models.