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Publication - Professor David Sheppard

    Therapeutic approaches to CFTR dysfunction

    from discovery to drug development


    Li, H, Pesce, E, Sheppard, DN, Singh, AK & Pedemonte, N, 2018, ‘Therapeutic approaches to CFTR dysfunction: from discovery to drug development’. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, vol 17., pp. S14-S21


    Cystic fibrosis (CF) mutations have complex effects on the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein. They disrupt its processing to and stability at the plasma membrane and function as an ATP-gated Cl channel. Here, we review therapeutic strategies to overcome defective CFTR processing and stability. Because CF mutations have multiple impacts on the assembly of CFTR protein, combination therapy with several pharmacological chaperones is likely to be required to rescue mutant CFTR expression at the plasma membrane. Alternatively, proteostasis regulators, proteins which regulate the synthesis, intracellular transport and membrane stability of CFTR might be targeted to enhance the plasma membrane expression of mutant CFTR. Finally, we consider an innovative approach to bypass CFTR dysfunction in CF, the delivery of artificial anion transporters to CF epithelia to shuttle Cl across the apical membrane. The identification of therapies or combinations of therapies, which rescue all CF mutations, is now a priority.

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