Retinoic Acid Actions through Mammalian Nuclear Receptors

ArticleinChemical Reviews 114(1) · December 2013with19 Reads
DOI: 10.1021/cr400161b · Source: PubMed
The retinoic acid receptors (RARs) and retinoid X receptors are among the most intensely studied nuclear hormone receptors. The six mammalian nuclear receptors for retinoids are encoded by distinct genes. Retinol oxidization to retinaldehyde occurs through enzymes in two classes, the cytosolic alcohol dehydrogenases (ADHs) and the microsomal short-chain dehydrogenases/reductases. There are various forms of retinoid-binding proteins in cells, some of which are in intracellular compartments while others carry the retinoids in the extracellular environment. Without knowing all the physical connections in these complexes, it is difficult to develop synthetic ligands that may act allosterically, by binding to one domain in the protein complex but inducing a functional change in another domain of the receptor. A better structural understanding of NR coactivators or corepressors is also required in the field. The dynamic expression of these retinoid receptors throughout different stages of development considerably suggests that we should now move beyond ligand binding.
    • "As an alternative approach, several laboratories developed retinoids that bind selectively to the RXR component of RXR/RAR heterodimers (known as rexinoids). As summarized in several review articles, the identity of endogenous RXR agonists remains controversial [26][27][28]. The first candidate for this role, a pan-agonist 9-cis-RA, was originally identified as endogenous RXR ligand through the reverse endocrinology approach (reviewed in [29] ). "
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    • "Upon HSC activation , some retinoid contents are oxidized to retinaldehyde and to retinoic acid (RA), a finding that is supported by the fact that all-trans retinoic acid level is increased in activated stellate cells compared with pre-activated stellate cells, whereas the contents of retinyl ester and retinol decrease (Okuno et al, 1999; Radaeva et al, 2007; D'Ambrosio et al, 2011 ). The diverse effects of retinoids are primarily mediated by two families of nuclear receptors, retinoic acid receptor (RAR) and retinoid X receptor (RXR) (Huang et al, 2014 ). Albumin is an abundant multifunctional plasma protein synthesized primarily by liver cells (Evans, 2002). "
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    • "difficulties in drug development and toxicity, as well as, the continued focus on the identification of natural ligands [10]. For example, the role of retinoid X receptors (RXRs) as heterodimeric partners of several members of the nuclear receptor family, including retinoic acid receptor (RAR), makes them promising drug targets; however, controversy still surrounds whether or not 9-cis-retinoic acid is its true endogenous ligand [11]. To bring attention to ONRs as prospective novel cancer drug targets , this article reviews general structural features and biological functions of ONRs and discusses some of the most promising candidates for therapeutic targeting in both prostate and breast cancers. "
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