Enhancing nuclear translocation: perspectives in inhaled corticosteroid therapy
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Corticosteroids are widely used in the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In contrast to their use in mild-to-moderate asthma, they are less efficacious in improving lung function and controlling the underlying inflammation in COPD. In most clinical trials, corticosteroids have shown little benefit in COPD, but have shown a greater clinical effect in combination with long-acting bronchodilators. Impaired corticosteroid activation of the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) has been reported in corticosteroid-insensitive individuals. Reversal of corticosteroid-insensitivity by enhancing GR nuclear translocation is a potential therapeutic target. Preclinical studies suggest members of the nuclear receptor superfamily may facilitate glucocorticoid receptor nuclear translocation. Unravelling the mechanisms that govern GR nuclear translocation may identify novel therapeutic targets for reversing corticosteroid-insensitivity.