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membrane-lipid therapy

Sunday 8 January 2006

Most drugs bind to proteins and regulate their activity, but some drugs act through membrane-lipid therapy and bind to lipids, thus modulating the structure of membranes.

Most cellular functions are highly dependent on the lipid environment because they are controlled by proteins in or around membranes.

The wide variety of cell and organelle membranes and the existence of special lipid regions (e.g. microvilli) and domains (e.g. lipid rafts) support the possibility of designing specific lipid therapies.

Lipid therapy might have potential for the treatment of cancer, cardiovascular pathologies, neurodegenerative processes, obesity, metabolic disorders, inflammation, and infectious and autoimmune diseases.

References

- Escriba PV. Membrane-lipid therapy: a new approach in molecular medicine. Trends Mol Med. 2005 Nov 30; PMID: 16325472