The estrogen receptor (ER) plays an important role in several physiologic functions of both the reproductive and non-reproductive systems. Malignancies of the ER have been associated with the development of cancers, including those of the prostate and breast. Hence it has become of significant importance to characterize the transcriptional regulation of ER target genes. We have created ERTargetDB in order to integrate the previously published ER target gene information that is available in various publications and databases. This information resource provides researchers with an easy access to ER target genes and the regulatory mechanisms in the corresponding promoters. The current version contains 40 genes with experimentally verified estrogen response elements (EREs), 32 experimentally verified ERE tethering sites, 40 genes identified by the chromatin immunoprecipitation microarray, 381 genes from gene expression microarray and 2948 genes from computational prediction. ERTargetDB provides an integral information resource for direct target genes of ERs for the endocrinology research community. It should prove useful in the investigation of gene regulation and aid the development of computational tools for the prediction of ER target genes.
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- Molecular Biology