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

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Luo, X; Ikeda, Y; Lala, DS; Baity, LA; Meade, JC; Parker, KL

Published Date

  • February 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 1-2

Start / End Page

  • 517 - 524

PubMed ID

  • 7588417

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0743-5800

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3109/07435809509030469


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England