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Epigenetic pathways help control the expression of genes. In cancer and other diseases, aberrant silencing or overexpression of genes, such as those that control cell growth, can greatly contribute to pathogenesis. Access to these genes by the transcriptional machinery is largely mediated by chemical modifications of DNA or histones, which are controlled by(More)
We have developed a new mammalian cell-based assay to screen for ligands of the estrogen receptor. A fluorescently tagged chimera between the glucocorticoid and the estrogen receptors, unlike the constitutively nuclear estrogen receptor, is cytoplasmic in the absence of hormone and translocates to the nucleus in response to estradiol. The chimera maintains(More)
We have developed a robust high-content assay to screen for novel estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) agonists and antagonists by quantitation of cytoplasmic to nuclear translocation of an estrogen receptor chimera in 384-well plates. The screen utilizes a green fluorescent protein tagged-glucocorticoid/estrogen receptor (GFP-GRER) chimera which consisted of the(More)
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