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Endocrine System and Metabolic Diseases

The endocrine system plays a crucial role in maintaining homeostasis within the human body. It consists of various glands that secrete hormones, which act as chemical messengers to regulate bodily functions. When the endocrine system malfunctions, it can lead to metabolic diseases. Our company is a leading provider of drug and therapy development services for endocrine system and metabolic diseases.

Overview of Endocrine System and Metabolic Diseases

Endocrine system and metabolic diseases refer to a group of disorders that arise from abnormalities in hormone production, regulation, or utilization, leading to disruptions in metabolism and overall bodily functions. The endocrine system includes glands such as the pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, and pancreas, among others. These glands secrete hormones that travel through the bloodstream and act on target tissues or organs to regulate processes such as metabolism, growth, reproduction, and development.

Metabolic diseases, often associated with endocrine disorders, involve abnormalities in energy production, storage, and utilization. Some common metabolic diseases include diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and certain genetic disorders like phenylketonuria.

Pathogenesis of Endocrine System and Metabolic Diseases

  • Genetic mutations or defects in the genes responsible for hormone production or receptor function can contribute to endocrine disorders.
  • Certain medical conditions, such as infections, autoimmune disorders, or tumors affecting endocrine glands, can also cause endocrine system and metabolic diseases.
  • Environmental factors, such as exposure to toxins or certain medications, may also disrupt hormone balance.
  • Lifestyle factors such as poor diet, sedentary behavior, and stress can contribute to the development of metabolic diseases like obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Schematic overview of endpoints of diseases affected by Endocrine Disrupting ChemicalsFig.1 Schematic overview of endpoints of diseases affected by Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs). (Ahn, Changhwan, et al., 2023)

Therapeutic Strategies of Endocrine System and Metabolic Diseases

Indication Related Drugs
Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency Dimercaprol and Protein C
Alpha-mannosidosis Sorbitol and Glycine
Fabry Disease Coal tar and Dapagliflozin
Gaucher Disease, Type Iii Eliglustat and Enzyme Inhibitors
Growth Hormone Deficiency Tesamorelin and Liraglutide
Wilson Disease Zinc cation and Molybdenum
Carcinoid Syndrome Pasireotide and Cyproheptadine

Therapy Development for Endocrine System and Metabolic Diseases

Hormone Replacement Therapy

In cases of hormone deficiency, replacing the deficient hormone can restore balance and alleviate symptoms. This approach is commonly used in conditions like hypothyroidism or hormone deficiencies in the reproductive system.

Medication to Modify Hormone Activity

Certain medications can modify hormone activity, either by stimulating or inhibiting hormone production or receptor activity. Examples include anti-diabetic medications, growth hormone receptor antagonists, or medications to regulate adrenal hormone production.

Our Services

Our team of experts is dedicated to providing our clients with high-quality diagnostics and therapy development services that advance our clients' understanding of and development of therapies for endocrine and metabolic diseases.

Rare Types of Endocrine System and Metabolic Diseases

Acromegaly Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (A1AD)
Allan-Herndon-Dudley Syndrome (AHDS) Alpha-Mannosidosis (AM)
Argininosuccinic aciduria (ARGINSA) Conn's Syndrome
Crigler-Najjar Syndrome (CN1) Fabry Disease (FD)
Gaucher Disease (GD) Glycogen Storage Disease Type Ia (GSDIa)
Glycogen Storage Disease Type III (GSDIII) Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD)
Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia (HoFH) Hyperprolactinemia (HPRL)
Hyperparathyroidism Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM)
Inherited Metabolic Disorder (IMD) Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome (LNS)
Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON) Long-chain Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorders (LC-FAOD)
Lysosomal Acid Lipase Deficiency (CESD) (Wolman disease)
Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD) Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD)
Menkes Disease (MNK) Methylmalonic Acidemia (MMA)
Mitochondrial DNA depletion Syndrome (MDS) Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS)
Mucolipidosis Niemann-Pick Disease (NPD)
Ornithine Transcarbamylase Deficiency (OTCD) Ornithine Transcarbamylase Deficiency (OTCD)
Pompe Disease (PD) Propionic Acidemia (PA1)
Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) Pseudohypoaldosteronism Type 1 (PHA1)
Sandhoff Disease (GM2G2) Tangier Disease (TGD)
Smith-Magenis Syndrome (SMS) Tumor-Induced Osteomalacia (TIO)
Urea Cycle Disorder (UCD) X-Linked Hypophosphatemia (XLH)
Wilson Disease (WD)

Therapy Development Platforms

Animal models play an important role in the study of the mechanisms of rare diseases and the evaluation of drug development. Our company provides comprehensive disease modeling, drug safety evaluation, and pharmacokinetic analysis services for a wide range of rare metabolic diseases such as lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs) and glycogen storage diseases using the most advanced technologies and best practices in the field.

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  • Ahn, Changhwan, and Eui-Bae Jeung. "Endocrine-disrupting chemicals and disease endpoints." International Journal of Molecular Sciences 24.6 (2023): 5342.

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