Summary of the probe development effort to identify inhibitors of the orphan nuclear receptor subfamily 0, group B, member 1 (DAX1; NR0B1): repression of SF-1 (NR5A1) activated StAR promoter by full-length DAX-1
Name: Summary of the probe development effort to identify inhibitors of the orphan nuclear receptor subfamily 0, group B, member 1 (DAX1; NR0B1): repression of SF-1 (NR5A1) activated StAR promoter by full-length DAX-1. ..more
Source (MLPCN Center Name): The Scripps Research Institute Molecular Screening Center (SRIMSC)
Affiliation: The Scripps Research Institute, TSRI
Assay Provider: Enzo Lalli, CNRS
Network: Molecular Library Probe Production Centers Network (MLPCN)
Grant Proposal Number: R03 DA030558-01
Grant Proposal PI: Enzo Lalli, CNRS
External Assay ID: DAX1-FULL_INH_SUMMARY
Name: Summary of the probe development effort to identify inhibitors of the orphan nuclear receptor subfamily 0, group B, member 1 (DAX1; NR0B1): repression of SF-1 (NR5A1) activated StAR promoter by full-length DAX-1.
Nuclear receptors are a family of small molecule and hormone-regulated transcription factors that share conserved DNA-binding (DBD) and ligand-binding domains (LBD) (1-3). Of interest, DAX-1 (NR0B1; nuclear receptor subfamily 0, group B, member 1; dosage-sensitive sex reversal-adrenal hypoplasia congenita critical region on the X chromosome gene 1) is an orphan nuclear receptor shown to act as a robust transcriptional repressor, inhibiting genes involved in steroidogenesis through interaction with corepressors and regulating the pluripotency of stem cells (4-8). The human DAX-1 gene encodes a protein whose C terminus is similar to the LBD of nuclear hormone receptors, while its N terminus is composed of three cysteine-rich 70 amino acids with little similarity to known proteins (4, 7). Mutations in DAX-1 have been shown to cause the X-linked form of adrenal hypoplasia congenita (AHC), associated with hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (HHG). AHC-HHG-associated mutations share an altered DAX-1 C-terminal domain (5, 9), resulting in loss of transcriptional repression activity (5, 7, 9), which suggests that impairment of the DAX-1 transcriptional activity is directly linked to AHC-HHG pathogenesis. In addition, DAX-1 is highly expressed in pediatric Ewing tumors (10). As a result, the identification of selective inhibitors of DAX-1 will serve as useful tools to elucidate its roles of in steroidogenesis, tumorigenesis, and maintenance of stem cell pluripotency (8).
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