Volume 7 Supplement 1
Design and synthesis of the first NO- and haem-independent sGC activator BAY 58–2667 for the treatment of acute decompensated heart failure
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Published: 25 July 2007
Soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) is a signal-transduction enzyme activated by nitric oxide (NO) and plays a key role in a variety of physiological processes such as vasodilatation, antiaggregation, antiproliferation and neuronal signaling as well as in a variety of disorders of these functions. Current therapies that involve the use of organic nitrates and other NO donors have limitations, including non-specific interactions of NO with various biomolecules and lack of response and the development of tolerance [1, 2]. Compounds that activate sGC in an NO-independent manner might therefore provide considerable therapeutic advantages.
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