Chemical Compounds that Limit Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Growth in Vitro or in Vivo


Executive Summary


Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) causes the disease tuberculosis (TB) in humans.  Driven by the hypoxic environment of the granuloma, M. tuberculosis enters a persistent, non-replicating state that is recalcitrant to antibiotic therapy.  Treatment requires a multidrug, 6-9 month therapeutic regimen which has fueled the emergence of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, threatening to exacerbate the global TB crisis.  MSU researchers have identified chemical compounds that limit the ability of M. tuberculosis to adapt its physiology for growth in humans. These compounds may provide for a highly effective and faster treatment of chronic or multidrug-resistant strains of M. tuberculosis.


Description of Technology


MSU researchers have identified novel chemical compounds to limit growth of or eliminate M. tuberculosis in the chronic stage of tuberculosis.  These compounds may also be very effective in treating emerging chronic strains of multidrug-resistant TB.


Key Benefits

  • Significantly shortens therapeutic drug course for tuberculosis patients
  • Effective against multidrug-resistant tuberculosis



  • Tuberculosis therapeutic


Patent Status:


Under Review


Licensing Rights Available


Full licensing rights available.


Inventors: Robert Abramovitch, Chris Colvin, Benjamin Johnson 


Tech ID: TEC2013-0105 and TEC2013-0106


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Patent Information:


For Information, Contact:

Randy Ramharack
Technology Manager
Michigan State University