Dr. Chrousos concurred that what is now known about the physiology and molecular biology of glucocorticoid signaling suggests that these kinds of targeted compounds will, indeed, be developed. There are some molecules being studied preclinically, he reported. “I’m sure that eventually we will have synthetic steroids that will be specific for specific conditions. They are going to be here in a few years.” Until then, the glucocorticoid signaling system will continue to reveal its complexities.
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