Relaxin Family Peptide Receptors

Grant number: 454375 | Funding period: 2007 - 2009



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. It is currently in clinical trials with our commercial partner BAS Medical for the treatment of congestive heart failure, cervical ripening and preeclampsia. Furthermore, relaxin shows enormous promise as an antifibrotic agent which has far-reaching therapeutic consequences since fibrosis is a hallmark of all forms of progressive cardiovascular and renal disease and obstructive airway disease (asthma), which collectively contribute to 40-50% of deaths in develope..

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