Benita S. Katzenellenbogen

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Estrogens exert their regulatory transcriptional effects, which can be stimulatory or repressive, at diverse gene sites via two estrogen receptors, ERalpha and ERbeta. Since these two ERs have different tissue distributions, ligands that have the capacity to selectively activate or inhibit these two ERs would be useful in elucidating the biology of these(More)
We report on the identification of novel, nonsteroidal ligands that show pronounced subtype-selective differences in ligand binding and transcriptional potency or efficacy for the two estrogen receptor (ER) subtypes, ER␣ and ER␤. An aryl-substituted pyrazole is an ER␣ potency-selective agonist, showing higher binding affinity for ER␣ and 120-fold higher(More)
To develop compounds that are antagonists on ER␣, but not ER␤, we have added basic side-chains typically found in non-steroidal antiestrogens to pyrazole compounds that bind with much higher affinity to ER␣ than to ER␤. In this way we have developed basic side-chain pyrazoles (BSC-pyrazoles) that are high affinity, potent, selective antagonists on ER␣.(More)
Investigation of the role of the second, more recently described estrogen receptor, denoted ERbeta, will be critical in understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying tissue-specific gene regulation by estrogens. Expression of ERbeta in a variety of tissues has been examined predominantly at the mRNA level, and there is little information regarding the(More)
There is considerable variation, both within and between species, in reports of nuclear steroid receptor localizations in the male reproductive tract. In this study, androgen receptor (AR) and estrogen receptors ERalpha and ERbeta were visualized by immunohistochemistry in adult male mice reproductive tracts, including testes, efferent ductules; initial(More)
The beneficial effect of the selective estrogen receptor (ER) modulator tamoxifen in the treatment and prevention of breast cancer is assumed to be through its ability to antagonize the stimulatory actions of estrogen, although tamoxifen can also have some estrogen-like agonist effects. Here, we report that, in addition to these mixed agonist/ antagonist(More)
Estrogens display intriguing tissue-selective action that is of great biomedical importance in the development of optimal therapeutics for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer, for menopausal hormone replacement, and for fertility regulation. Certain compounds that act through the estrogen receptor (ER), now referred to as selective estrogen(More)
The effects of 17beta-estradiol (E(2)) on dopamine (DA) transport could explain gender and life-stage differences in the incidence of some neurological disorders. We tested the effects of E(2) at physiological concentrations on DA efflux in nerve growth factor-differentiated rat pheochromocytoma cells that express estrogen receptors (ER) alpha, ERbeta, and(More)
Expression of progesterone receptor (PR) mRNA in granulosa cells of ovarian preovulatory follicles is induced by LH (1, 2) and is essential for ovulation (3). Although 17beta-estradiol (E) can induce PR mRNA and activate PR promoter-reporter constructs in other cell types, the effects of E in granulosa cells appear to be indirect. We show herein that E(More)