Novel G-protein coupled receptors LGR7 and LGR8; the receptors for relaxin and insulin-like peptide 3 (INSL3)

Grant number: 300012


Relaxin is a hormone which has long been known to have essential roles in pregnancy and birth. However it has also been demonstrated to have far broader involvement in the functioning of the kidney, heart and central nervous system. Furthermore, mice lacking relaxin show increased collagen, or fibrosis, in their internal organs and skin as they age. This progressive fibrosis leads to problems with bodily functions. Treatment of these mice with relaxin reverses the fibrosis and restores function, hence relaxin has great potential as a treatment for fibrotic diseases. Anti-fibrotic drugs are a major target for drug companies as suitable compounds are not currently available. Research into the ..

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