Cathepsin K is a protease enzyme which is coded by CTSK gene. The function associated with the gene involves bone remodelling and resorption. Cathepsin K is a member of peptidase C1 protein family and expressed mainly in osteoclasts. The protein has high specificity for kinins and has the capability to catabolize collagen, elastin, and gelatin. Cathepsin K is found to be over-expressed in cancer such as breast cancer and glioblastoma. The mutation in CTSK gene can cause pycnodysostosis. Due to over expression of cathepsin K in osteoclasts, bone deformation occurs which leads to osteoporosis.
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Company like Medivir AB is in the process of developing MIV-711 as a cathepsin K inhibitor for the treatment of osteoarthritis. Amura Holdings Ltd., and Merck & Co. Inc. are some other companies having pipeline of cathepsin K inhibitors.
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