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Clinical management of CF » CFTR modulators » CFTR modulators: mechanism of action

CFTR modulators: mechanism of action

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CFTR modulators are small molecules that target specific defects caused by mutations in the CFTR gene. They are classified into three main groups: Potentiators, Correctors and Production correctors (sometimes referred to as Read-through agents). This nomenclature describes their mechanism of action, which is determined by the type of mutation they target.1

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