Tohoku University. Research Profiles


Development of PHD-Targeted Drug for Ischemic Injury



All the living organisms generate energy from molecular oxygen to maintain their own lives. Once the concentration of oxygen falls down, life activity gets severely hampered and it could sometimes cause death. Typical examples that are related to local hypoxia are ischemic heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
We focus on the function of prolyl hydroxylase (PHD) as a sensor to detect the hypoxia, and we are developing drugs to treat ischemic injury by controlling hypoxia.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry

Currently, we have several compounds that inhibit the PHD. We want to commercialize in conjunction with pharmaceutical companies in Japan and overseas, advancing our non-clinical studies for clinical development.


Division of Molecular Medicine and Therapy, United Centers for Advanced Research and Translational Medicine (ART), Graduate School of Medicine

MIYATA Toshio , Professor
M.D., PhD


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