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G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are involved in the pathophysiology of a wide range of diseases and constitute an attractive therapeutic target. In the thyroid gland, TSH receptor (TSHR), a member of the GPCR family, is a major regulator of thyroid differentiation and function. Alterations in TSHR activity are often involved in the development of(More)
DREAM/calsenilin/KChIP3 is a calcium binding protein of the neuronal calcium sensor superfamily. DREAM interacts with DRE (downstream regulatory element) sites in the DNA to regulate transcription and with many proteins to exert specialized functions in different subcellular compartments. Work from different laboratories has identified a growing list of(More)
Thyrotropin (TSH) is considered the main regulator of thyrocyte differentiation and proliferation. Thus, the characterization of the different signaling pathways triggered by TSH on these cells is of major interest in order to understand the mechanisms implicated in thyroid pathology. In this review we focus on the different signaling pathways involved in(More)
DREAM/KChIP3 (Downstream Regulatory Element Antagonist Modulator) is a multifunctional Ca(2+)-binding protein that acts in the nucleus as a Ca(2+)-dependent transcriptional repressor. Binding to DNA and repressor activity of DREAM is regulated by Ca(2+), specific post-translational modifications as well as by protein-protein interactions with several(More)
Tissue-specific gene expression depends on the interaction between tissue-specific and general transcription factors. DREAM is a Ca2+-dependent transcriptional repressor widely expressed in the brain where it participates in nociception through its control of prodynorphin gene expression. In the periphery, DREAM is highly expressed in the thyroid gland, the(More)
The trophoblast transcription factor glial cell missing-1 (GCM1) regulates differentiation of placental cytotrophoblasts into the syncytiotrophoblast layer in contact with maternal blood. Reduced placental expression of GCM1 and abnormal syncytiotrophoblast structure are features of hypertensive disorder of pregnancy--preeclampsia. In-silico techniques(More)
Mutations in the islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP) gene may play a potential role in the abnormal regulation or expression of the peptide. The aim of this study was to determine the functional role of the −132 G/A mutation reported in the promoter region of the IAPP gene in a population of Spanish Type 2 diabetic patients. We investigated the transcriptional(More)
Highly specialized cells, the thyrocytes, express a thyroid-specific set of genes for thyroglobulin (Tg), thyroperoxidase, and the transcription factors TTF-1, TTF-2, and Pax-8. The implication of the small GTPase RhoA in TSH-mediated proliferation of FRTL-5 rat thyroid cells has been previously demonstrated. To further analyze RhoA function in thyroid cell(More)
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