Cheryl J Park

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Progesterone's (P4) negative feedback actions in the female reproductive axis are exerted in part by suppression of hypothalamic GnRH release. Here we show that P4 can inhibit GnRH release by a mechanism independent of a nuclear P4 receptor (PR(A/B)). Injections of P4, but not vehicle, allopregnanolone, or dexamethasone, acutely suppressed LH levels in both(More)
In addition to its role in reproduction, estradiol-17β is critical to the regulation of energy balance and body weight. Estrogen receptor α-null (Erα-/-) mutant mice develop an obese state characterized by decreased energy expenditure, decreased locomotion, increased adiposity, altered glucose homeostasis, and hyperleptinemia. Such features are reminiscent(More)
Nonclassical estrogen receptor alpha (ERalpha) signaling can mediate E(2) negative feedback actions in the reproductive axis; however, downstream pathways conveying these effects remain unclear. These studies tested the hypothesis that p21-activated kinase 1 (PAK1), a serine/threonine kinase rapidly activated by E(2) in nonneural cells, functions as a(More)
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