Inherited endocrine diseases involving G proteins and G protein-coupled receptors

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Naturally occurring mutations in the G protein Gs-α subunit and in a number of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) have been identified in human diseases. Loss-offunction mutations in GPCRs for various hormones lead to hormone resistance manifest as hypofunction of the gland expressing the affected GPCR. Conversely, GPCR gain-offunction mutations lead to hormone-independent activation and hyperfunction of the involved gland. Our laboratory has focused on the extracellular calcium-sensing GPCR (CaR) expressed primarily, but not exclusively, in parathyroid glands and kidney. Loss-offunction CaR mutations lead to a form of hyperparathyroidism, an apparent exception to the general pattern described above, but in fact reflecting resistance to the normal inhibition of parathyroid hormone secretion by the 'hormone' agonist, extracellular Ca2+. CaR gain-of function-mutations cause autosomal dominant hypocalcemia due to activation of the receptor at subphysiologic concentrations of serum Ca22+, leading to 'inappropriate' inhibition of parathyroid hormone secretion. I will describe our recent work that helps inform design of novel therapeutics targeting this important GPCR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCongenital Endocrinopathies
Subtitle of host publicationNew Insights into Endocrine Diseases and Diabetes Workshop
EditorsRenata Lorini, Giuseppe D'Annunzio, Mohamad Maghnie, Sandro Loche, Martin Savage
Number of pages12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

Publication series

NameEndocrine Development
ISSN (Print)1421-7082
ISSN (Electronic)1662-2979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems


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