Expression and regulation of the nuclear receptor RORalpha in human vascular cells.


Retinoic acid receptor-related orphan receptor alpha (RORalpha) is a member of the nuclear receptor superfamily. Using RT-PCR, RORalpha mRNA was identified in human aortic smooth muscle cells (hASMC), endothelial cells (EC), as well as in human mammary arteries and atherosclerotic plaques. We found a predominant expression of RORalpha1 in hASMC, and… (More)