Developing Drugs to Mitigate Parathion Intoxication

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DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The overall goal of the current research is to develop a novel class of therapeutics that will mitigate mortality and morbidity caused by acute exposure to parathion, an organophosphate insecticide that is considered a high priority chemical threat. The toxicity of parathion is dependent on its metabolism by the cytochrome P450 system to an active metabolite, paraoxon. By inhibiting P450-mediated generation of paraoxon, progressive toxicity can be reduced. Ongoing research in our laboratory in the field of redox chemistry has led to the identification of a candidate therapeutic that is a highly effective inhibitor of the P40 system. This drug, which has very low toxicity, is currently undergoing advanced clinical trials for other diseases and has been approved by the FDA for other indications. In 'proof-of-principle' studies, we have developed strong evidence to show that our drug is highly effective in reducing parathion toxicity in a rat model. We have further demonstrated that our drug is effective in reducing parathion-induced inhibition of brain acetylcholinesterase activity. Our specific aims are to investigate the precise site of action of our drug in the cytochrome P450 system, to characterize its efficacy in mitigating parathion toxicity in a rodent model, and explor its potential to improve efficacy of currently used therapeutic drugs for organophosphate toxicity. Success of this proposal may lead to the rapid development of a new agent to treat human exposure to a high priority chemical threat. Use of an FDA approved drug will greatly reduce the time required for regulatory approval.
Effective start/end date9/16/138/31/19


  • National Institutes of Health: $794,992.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $785,257.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $794,992.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $794,992.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $794,992.00


  • Medicine(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)

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