Julie Deschênes

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Although estrogen receptors (ERs) recognize 15-bp palindromic estrogen response elements (EREs) with maximal affinity in vitro, few near-consensus sequences have been characterized in estrogen target genes. Here we report the design of a genome-wide screen for high-affinity EREs and the identification of approximately 70000 motifs in the human and mouse(More)
Estrogen receptors (ERs), which mediate the proliferative action of estrogens in breast cancer cells, are ligand-dependent transcription factors that regulate expression of their primary target genes through several mechanisms. In addition to direct binding to cognate DNA sequences, ERs can be recruited to DNA through other transcription factors(More)
Estrogen receptors activate transcription in part through direct interactions with specific DNA motifs, called estrogen response elements (EREs). Here we show that the strong and sustained induction of the gene regulated in breast cancer 1 (GREB1), a gene of unknown function that has been previously suggested to play a role in the effects of estradiol on(More)
The natriuretic peptide receptor-A (NPR-A) is composed of an extracellular domain with a ligand binding site, a transmembrane-spanning domain, a kinase homology domain, and a guanylyl cyclase domain. In response to agonists (atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and brain natriuretic peptide), the kinase homology domain-mediated guanylate cyclase repression is(More)
Activation by C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) of its receptor NPRB results in venodilation and inhibition of cellular proliferation. NPRB-selective antagonists should be useful to understand their physiological implications. We previously observed that [Thr9,Ser11,Arg16](N,C-ANP)pBNP (P12) is an antagonist for bNPRB and a potent agonist for bNPRA. The(More)
The microbial polysaccharide HS-142-1 has been documented as an antagonist of natriuretic peptides. It inhibits activation and peptide binding to both guanylate receptors natriuretic peptide receptor (NPR)-A and NPR-B, but has no effect on the non-cyclase receptor NPR-C. At first sight the effect of HS-142-1 on peptide binding appears to be surmountable,(More)
Although artificial C2-H2 zinc fingers can be designed to recognize specific DNA sequences, it remains unclear to which extent nuclear receptor C4 zinc fingers can be tailored to bind novel DNA elements. Steroid receptors bind as dimers to palindromic response elements differing in the two central base pairs of repeated motifs. Predictions based on one(More)
Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi), which have emerged as a new class of anticancer agents, act by modulating expression of genes controlling apoptosis or cell proliferation. Here, we compared the effect of HDACi on transcriptional activation by estrogen or glucocorticoid receptors (ER and GR, respectively), two members of the steroid receptor family(More)
Department of Biochemistry, Université de Montréal, Montréal QC H3C 3J7 (W.R., R.S., J.D., A.A., E.H., S.M.), Institute of Research in Immunology and in Cancerology, Université de Montréal, Montréal QC H3C 3J7 (W.R., J.D., E.H., S.M.), Montreal Center for Experimental Therapeutics in Cancer, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal QC H3T 1E2 (W.R., J.D., E.H.,(More)
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