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Visualizing the action of steroid hormone receptors in living cells.

Authors
  • Griekspoor, Alexander1
  • Zwart, Wilbert
  • Neefjes, Jacques
  • Michalides, Rob
  • 1 Division of Tumor Biology, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. , (Netherlands)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nuclear receptor signaling
Publication Date
Mar 09, 2007
Volume
5
Identifiers
PMID: 17464358
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Transcription controlled by Steroid Hormone Receptors (SHRs) plays a key role in many important physiological processes like organ development, metabolite homeostasis, and response to external stimuli. Understandably, the members of this family have drawn a lot of attention from the scientific community since their discovery, four decades ago. Still, after many years of research we are only beginning to unravel the complex nature of these receptors. The pace at which we do has improved significantly in recent years with the discovery of genetically encoded fluorescent probes, and the accompanying revival of biophysical approaches that allow more detailed study of SHRs. Here, we will look into the different aspects of SHR signalling, and discuss how biophysical techniques have contributed to visualizing their function in their native context, the living cell.

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