Research category: Translational medicine
Contract Research Organisations (CROs):
Evotec – headquarters in Hamburg, Germany
Charles River Laboratories – headquarters in Wilmington, MA, USA
Project start: October 2020 Expected completion: End of 2023
To conduct pre-clinical drug repurposing studies to identify new treatment options for PHTS.
PTEN Research has initiated collaborations with two leading drug discovery and development CROs to pursue basic and translational contract research activities that will support PTEN Research’s exploratory drug repurposing studies. Current projects are working to establish pre-clinical testing platforms of bespoke in vitro and in vivo models of PHTS, focussing on neurodevelopment delay and autism (Evotec), and vascular anomalies and tissue overgrowth/oncology (Charles River Laboratories). These will be used to evaluate small molecules targeting the PI3K pathway and other pathways of interest.
These research activities are managed by joint PTEN Research and CRO steering committees, with input from independent experts and oversight from the Trustees.
In addition to identifying potential drug repurposing candidates for clinical testing, it is hoped that studying these models will also allow us to develop valuable insights into the dysregulated signalling that results from PTEN mutations, and the relative importance of PI3K and other pathways to the different phenotypes associated with PHTS.