Metabolic conversion as a pre-receptor control mechanism for lipophilic hormones.
The majority of physiological effects mediated by steroids, retinoids and thyroids is accomplished by binding to members of the nuclear receptor superfamily of ligand activated transcription factors. The complex specific effects of lipid hormones depend not only on receptor expression, distribution and interactions, but also on the availability and metabolic conversion of the hormone itself. The cell-specific metabolic activation of inactive hormone precursors introduces a further level of ho...Expand abstract
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