Angela Martinez

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The estrogen receptor (ER), of which there are two forms, ERalpha and ERbeta, is a ligand-modulated transcription factor important in both normal biology and as a target for agents to prevent and treat breast cancer. Crystallographic studies of the ERalpha ligand-binding domain suggest that Leu-536 may be involved in hydrophobic interactions at the start of(More)
BACKGROUND Gene therapy continues to hold great potential for treating many different types of disease and dysfunction. Safe and efficient techniques for gene transfer and expression in vivo are needed to enable gene therapeutic strategies to be effective in patients. Currently, the most commonly used methods employ replication-defective viral vectors for(More)
OBJECTIVE The mechanism through which estrogen exerts its neuroprotective and anti-neurodegenerative effects in the central nervous system is poorly understood. Human glial cells are implicated in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease and have both alpha and beta estrogen receptors (ER). We developed a glial cell model for ER function using the N20.1(More)
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