The aim of this project is to generate a comprehensive platform of intellectual property to facilitate the discovery and development of a new generation of therapeutics with the ability to activate or inhibit the c-Ret receptor tyrosine kinase. Mutations in c-Ret are directly implicated in human cancers, and the c-Ret ligand, GDNF, is being developed as a therapeutic agent for neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease and ALS. To develop c-Ret as a target for drug discovery we propose: i) to validate c-Ret as a drug target; ii) to develop scaleable assays for high throughput screening of c-Ret inhibitors and activators; iii) to isolate artificial c-Ret peptide ligands; iv) to determine the 3D structures of the extracellular and kinase domains of wild type and oncogenic c-Ret; v) to identify ligand binding sites in the c-Ret extracellular domain. Our long-term goal is to enter into license agreements with interested user groups for the exploitation of the generated knowledge and technology platform.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
WC2A 3PX London
82152 Planegg / Krailling