Alexander P. Kouzmenko

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Abnormal polyglutamine (polyQ) expansion in the N-terminal domain of the human androgen receptor (hAR) is known to cause spinobulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA), a hereditary human neurodegenerative disorder. To explore the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration in SBMA, we genetically screened modulators of neurodegeneration in a Drosophila SBMA(More)
Dopamine transporter (DAT) plays a key role in terminating synaptic dopaminergic transmission. DAT acts exclusively on the plasma membrane of presynaptic dopaminergic neurons and DAT gene is an appropriate model for the study of dopaminergic neuron-specific regulation of gene activity. DAT represents an important target for widely used neuroleptic drugs and(More)
Fat-soluble ligands, including sex steroid hormones and environmental toxins, activate ligand-dependent DNA-sequence-specific transcriptional factors that transduce signals through target-gene-selective transcriptional regulation. However, the mechanisms of cellular perception of fat-soluble ligand signals through other target-selective systems remain(More)
The A(-1438)G promoter polymorphism of the 5-hydroxytryptamine 2a receptor (5-HT2AR) gene and its influence on the cortical density of 5-HT2AR was studied using brain tissue donated at autopsy from 58 schizophrenic and 64 non-schizophrenic subjects. A linkage between genotypes for the A(-1438)G and a T102C polymorphic site identified in a previous study was(More)
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPAR-γ) is a member of the nuclear receptor (NR) superfamily of ligand-activated transcriptional factors. Among other functions, PPAR-γ acts as a key regulator of the adipogenesis. Since several cytokines (IL-1, TNF-α, TGF-β) had been known to inhibit adipocyte differentiation in mesenchymal stem cells(More)
The nuclear receptor of Vitamin D can be activated by a large number of agonist molecules with a wide spectrum in their stereochemical framework. Up to now most of our structural information related to the protein-ligand complex formation is based on an engineered ligand binding domain (LBD) of the human receptor. We now have extended our database, using a(More)
Bone tissue protects and supports soft organs and maintains calcium homeostasis. Steroid sex hormones and fat-soluble vitamins play a pivotal role in regulation of bone homeostasis, turnover and remodeling. These molecules act as ligands of nuclear receptors, through which they control gene expression in bone cells, namely bone-forming osteoblasts,(More)
Coordinated post-translational modifications (PTMs) of nucleosomal histones emerge as a key mechanism of gene regulation by defining chromatin configuration. Patterns of histone modifications vary in different cells and constitute core elements of cell-specific epigenomes. Recently, in addition to canonical histone proteins produced during the S phase of(More)
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