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Nuclear receptors as new perspective for the management of liver diseases.

Authors
Journal
Gastroenterology
0016-5085
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
140
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1053/j.gastro.2011.02.044
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine

Abstract

Nuclear receptors (NRs) are ligand-activated transcription factors that act as sensors for a broad range of natural and synthetic ligands and regulate several key hepatic functions including bile acid homeostasis, bile secretion, lipid and glucose metabolism, as well as drug deposition. Moreover, NRs control hepatic inflammation, regeneration, fibrosis, and tumor formation. Therefore, NRs are key for understanding the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of a wide range of hepatic disorders. Finally, targeting NRs and their alterations offers exciting new perspectives for the treatment of liver diseases.

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