Receptor nomenclature NR2B1
Receptor code 4.10.1:AG:3:C4
Other names AIS, DHTR, dihydrotestosterone receptor, HUMARA, KD, NR3C4, SBMA, SMAX1, TFM
Molecular information Hs: 919aa, P10275, chr. Xq111,2
Rn: 902aa, P15207, chr. Xq223
Mm: 899aa, P19091, chr. X C346
DNA binding
   Structure Homodimer
   HRE core sequence GGTACANNNTGTTCT (GRE, palindrome)
Partners HSP90 (physical): cellular localization, specify protein stability7,8; HMGB (physical, functional): DNA binding9,10
Agonists Mibolerone (1.65 nM),* DHT (2.23 nM), androstenedione (2.75 nM), methyltrienolone (3.07 nM),* testosterone (15.9 nM)* [IC50]2
Antagonists Hydroxyflutamide, bicalutamide, nilutamide, mifepristone, cyproterone acetate
Coactivators RNF14, NCOA2, NCOA4, Fhl2, TGFB1I1, RAN1124
Biologically important isoforms AR-A {Hs}:187aa truncated from the N terminus2528; AR-B {Hs}: 110 kDa2528
Tissue distribution Bone marrow, mammary gland, muscle, prostate, stem cells, testes, preputial gland, scrotal skin, vagina {Rn} [Western blot]29
Functional assay Treatment of castrated rats with AR ligands possessing anabolic activity results in increased skeletal muscle mass {Rn}30; androgen treatment causes increased expression of sex hormone-binding globulin in the hepatocarcinoma cell line HepG2 {Hs}31; treatment of castrated rats with AR ligands possessing anabolic activity results in increased weight of prostate and seminal vesicles {Rn}30
Main target genes Activated: PSA {Hs, Rn, Mm},32,33 probasin {Rn},34 Slp {Mm},35 prostatein C3 {Rn},36 SC {Hs}37,38
Mutant phenotype Male mice lacking AR–/– exhibit insulin resistance and impaired glucose tolerance {Mm} [knockout]3941; male mice lacking AR in Sertoli cells exhibit infertility with defective spermatogenesis and hypotestosteronemia {Mm} [knockout]42
Human disease Prostate cancer: mutations of AR affecting ligand binding as well as gene amplification of AR have been described43; androgen insensitivity syndrome: mutations of AR affecting ligand binding, DNA binding or nuclear localization44,45; Kennedy's disease (poly-Q): spinobulbar muscular atrophy is an X-linked form of motor neuron disease characterized by progressive atrophy of the muscles, dysphagia, dysarthria, and mild androgen insensitivity caused by CAG repeat expansion in the AR gene4648; Klinefelter's syndrome (47, XXY, hypogonadism): characterized by undeveloped testes and sterility, skewed inactivation of the X-chromosome seems to contribute to reduced AR expression49,50
  • aa, amino acids; chr., chromosome; HRE, hormone response element; DHT, dihydrotestosterone; GRE, glucocorticoid response element

  • * Radioligand

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