A cell-specific nuclear receptor plays essential roles in adrenal and gonadal development

Xunrong Luo*, Yayoi Ikeda, Deepak S. Lala, Lee Ann Baity, Jeana C. Meade, Keith L. Parker

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Abstract

Recent analyses of the cytochrome P450 steroid hydroxylases have established a key role for an orphan nuclear receptor, designated steroidogenic factor 1 (SF-1), in their coordinate, cell-selective expression. SF-1 was proposed to regulate the steroid hydroxylases by interacting with shared promoter elements in their 5'flanking regions. During mouse embryonic development, SF-1 was expressed from the earliest stages of organogenesis of the steroidogenic tissues, suggesting a key role in steroidogenic cell differentiation. Finally, disruption of the gene encoding SF-1 revealed its essential function in the development of the adrenal glands and gonads and in pituitary gonadotrope function. These studies suggest that SF-1 acts at multiple levels of the reproductive axis to maintain reproductive competence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-524
Number of pages8
JournalEndocrine Research
Volume21
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology

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