The effect of relaxin on the musculoskeletal system


  • relaxin;
  • motor organs;
  • skeletal muscle;
  • tendon;
  • ligament

Relaxin is a hormone structurally related to insulin and insulin-like growth factor, which exerts its regulatory effect on the musculoskeletal and other systems through binding to its receptor in various tissues, mediated by different signaling pathways. Relaxin alters the properties of cartilage and tendon by activating collagenase. This hormone is also involved in bone remodeling and healing of injured ligaments and skeletal muscle. In this review, we have summarized the literature on the effect of relaxin in musculoskeletal system to provide a broad perspective for future studies in this field.


Autor / Fonte:F. Dehghan, B. S. Haerian, S. Muniandy, A. Yusof, J. L. Dragoo and N. Salleh Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports Volume 24, Issue 4, pages e220–e229, August 2014