Melissa E Heard

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The ovarian hormones estrogen and progesterone promote uterine receptivity and successful pregnancy through their cognate receptors functioning in concert with context-dependent nuclear coregulators. Previously, we showed that the transcription factor Krüppel-like factor (KLF) 9 is a progesterone receptor (PGR) coactivator in the uterus and that mice null(More)
Collagen is a major component of the extracellular matrix and its integrity is essential for connective tissue and organ function. The importance of proteins involved in intracellular collagen post-translational modification, folding and transport was recently highlighted from studies on recessive forms of osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). Here we describe the(More)
Diet is highly linked to breast cancer risk, yet little is known about its influence on mammary epithelial populations with distinct regenerative and hence, tumorigenic potential. To investigate this, we evaluated the relative frequency of lineage-negative CD29(hi)CD24(+), CD29(lo)CD24(+) and CD29(hi)Thy1(+)CD24(+) epithelial subpopulations in(More)
Endometrial cancer is the most commonly diagnosed female genital tract malignancy. Krüppel-like factor 9 (KLF9), a member of the evolutionarily conserved Sp family of transcription factors, is expressed in uterine stroma and glandular epithelium, where it affects cellular proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. Deregulated expression of a number of(More)
Female reproductive tract pathologies arise largely from dysregulation of estrogen and progesterone receptor signaling, leading to aberrant cell proliferation, survival, and differentiation. The signaling pathways orchestrated by these nuclear receptors are complex, require the participation of many nuclear proteins serving as key binding partners or(More)
NR4A nuclear receptors are a diverse group of orphan nuclear receptors with critical roles in regulating cell proliferation and cell differentiation. The ortholog of the NR4A nuclear receptor in Caenorhabditis elegans, NHR-6, also has a role in cell proliferation and cell differentiation during organogenesis of the spermatheca. Here we show that NHR-6 is(More)
Endometriosis, a steroid hormone-dependent disease characterized by aberrant activation of estrogen receptor signaling and progesterone resistance, remains intractable because of the complexity of the pathways underlying its manifestation. We previously showed that eutopic endometria of women with endometriosis exhibit lower expression of Krüppel-like(More)
Krüppel-like Factor (KLF) 13 and the closely related KLF9 are members of the Sp/KLF family of transcription factors that have collectively emerged as essential regulators of tissue development, differentiation, proliferation, and programmed cell death. Steroid hormone-responsive tissues express multiple KLFs that are linked to progesterone receptor (PGR)(More)
Endometriosis is a benign gynecological condition that causes considerable morbidity due to associated infertility, debilitating pelvic pain and inflammatory dysfunctions. Diet is a highly modifiable risk factor for many chronic diseases, but its contribution to endometriosis has not been extensively investigated, due partly to the paradoxical inverse(More)