The structural basis of the interaction of human relaxins with their receptors

Grant number: 350284

Abstract

Human Gene 2 (H2) relaxin is a peptide hormone structurally related to insulin and has numerous biological actions related to its roles during pregnancy. It exerts these primarily by inducing the breakdown of collagen and the formation of new blood vessels while simultaneously stimulating tissue growth and inhibiting cell death. Its functions have led to several potential therapeutic roles for relaxin being explored. These include the treatment of fibrotic disorders and peripheral vascular disease. H2 relaxin is the principal expression product in vivo and has been shown to exert a wide range of physiological responses beyond those normally associated with pregnancy. We have recently discove..

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