Treating Neurodegenerative Disease by Regulating Parkin

Categories: “Neurological Disorders

Reference #: 2012-031

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Parkin is a key regulator in the clearance and ubiquitination of toxic proteins in neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The present invention identifies novel approach to regulate Parkin for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. Georgetown researches show that some commercial drugs regulate parkin and promote clearance and ubiquitination of the toxic proteins that are involved in the neurodegenerative disorders. Thus, the present invention offers a new use of the existing drugs for the treatment of the neurodegenerative disorders.


Potential new uses of existing therapeutics for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders including AD, PD and ALS.


Stage of Development

In-vivo studies show promising data on parkin regulation and toxic protein clearance by the drugs. Further studies to ascertain behavioral improvements in AD, PD and ALS are on-going.

Relevant Publications

“Parkinson-related parkin reduces α-synuclein phosphorylation in a gene transfer model”. Moussa et al., Mol Neurodegener. 2010 Nov 4; 5:47

“Parkin promotes intracellular Abeta1-42 clearance”. Moussa et al., Hum Mol Genet. 2009 Sep 1; 18(17):3206-16

“The relationship between parkin and protein aggregation in neurodegenerative diseases”. Moussa et al., Front Psychiatry. 2010 Jun 3; 1:15

“A Cancer Treatment May Help Treat Alzherimer’s and Other Forms of Dementia” Forbes, <>, accessed 2013 May 15.

“Potential Treatment for Parkinson’s, Alzheimers’, dementia discovered” FOX <>, accessed 2013 May 15.

Patent Status

Patent application pending