11 beta-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenases: tissue-specific dictators of glucocorticoid action.


11 beta-HSD catalyses the interconversion of active and inactive corticosteroids and exists as two isoforms with less than 30% amino acid homology. The bi-directional NADP-dependent type 1 enzyme appears to function as a tissue-specific glucocorticoid provider. The uni-directional NAD-dependent type 2 enzyme functions as a tissue-specific glucocorticoid… (More)