Steroid hormone receptors


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Steroid hormone receptors (nomenclature as agreed by the NC-IUPHAR Subcommittee on Nuclear Hormone Receptors [1,3]) are nuclear hormone receptors of the NR3 class, with endogenous agonists that may be divided into 3-hydroxysteroids (estrone and 17β-estradiol) and 3-ketosteroids (dihydrotestosterone [DHT], aldosterone, cortisol, corticosterone, progesterone and testosterone). These receptors exist as dimers coupled with chaperone molecules (such as hsp90β (HSP90AB1, P08238) and immunophilin FKBP52:FKBP4, Q02790), which are shed on binding the steroid hormone. Although rapid signalling phenomena are observed [2,5], the principal signalling cascade appears to involve binding of the activated receptors to nuclear hormone response elements of the genome, with a 15-nucleotide consensus sequence AGAACAnnnTGTTCT (i.e. an inverted palindrome) as homo- or heterodimers. They also affect transcription by protein-protein interactions with other transcription factors, such as activator protein 1 (AP-1) and nuclear factor κB (NF-κB). Splice variants of each of these receptors can form functional or non-functional monomers that can dimerize to form functional or non-functional receptors. For example, alternative splicing of PR mRNA produces A and B monomers that combine to produce functional AA, AB and BB receptors with distinct characteristics [7].

A 7TM receptor responsive to estrogen (GPER1, Q99527, also known as GPR30, see [4]) has been described. Human orthologues of 7TM 'membrane progestin receptors' (PAQR7, PAQR8 and PAQR5), initially discovered in fish [8-9], appear to localize to intracellular membranes and respond to 'non-genomic' progesterone analogues independently of G proteins [6].


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Steroid hormone receptors. Accessed on 26/05/2016. IUPHAR/BPS Guide to PHARMACOLOGY,

Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY citation:

Alexander SPH, Cidlowski JA, Kelly E, Marrion N, Peters JA, Benson HE, Faccenda E, Pawson AJ, Sharman JL, Southan C, Davies JA and CGTP Collaborators (2015) The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2015/16: Nuclear hormone receptors. Br J Pharmacol. 172: 5956-5978.