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Mol Cell. 2006 Dec 8;24(5):797-803. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2006.10.012.

Receptor-selective coactivators as tools to define the biology of specific receptor-coactivator pairs.

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1
Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710.
2
Cogenics Division, Clinical Data, Inc., Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709.
3
SAS Institute, Inc., Cary, North Carolina 27513.
4
Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710; Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710; Sarah W. Stedman Nutrition and Metabolism Center, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710.
5
Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710. Electronic address: donald.mcdonnell@duke.edu.

Abstract

In the absence of specific high-affinity agonists and antagonists, it has been difficult to define the target genes and biological responses attributable to many of the orphan nuclear receptors (ONRs). Indeed, it appears that many members of this receptor superfamily are not regulated by classical small molecules but rather their activity is controlled by interacting cofactors. Motivated by this finding, we have developed an approach to genetically isolate specific receptor-cofactor pairs in cells, allowing us to define the biological responses attributable to each complex. This is accomplished by using combinatorial peptide phage display to engineer the receptor interacting domain of each cofactor such that it interacts selectively with one nuclear receptor. In this study, we describe the customization of PGC-1alpha and its use to study the biology of the estrogen-related receptor alpha (ERRalpha) in cultured liver cells.

PMID:
17157261
DOI:
10.1016/j.molcel.2006.10.012
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