Yaqi Xing, Jiong Yan, Yongdong Niu. PXR: a center of transcriptional regulation in cancer[J]. Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B, 2020, 10(2): 197-206

PXR: a center of transcriptional regulation in cancer
Yaqi Xinga, Jiong Yanb, Yongdong Niua
a Department of Pharmacology, Shantou University Medical College, Shantou 515041, China;
b Center for Pharmacogenetics, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA
Pregnane X receptor (PXR, NR1I2) is a prototypical member of the nuclear receptor superfamily. PXR can be activated by both endobiotics and xenobiotics. As a key xenobiotic receptor, the cellular function of PXR is mostly exerted by its binding to the regulatory gene sequences in a liganddependent manner. Classical downstream target genes of PXR participate in xenobiotic responses, such as detoxification, metabolism and inflammation. Emerging evidence also implicates PXR signaling in the processes of apoptosis, cell cycle arrest, proliferation, angiogenesis and oxidative stress, which are closely related to cancer. Here, we discussed, in addition to the characterization of PXR per se, the biological function and regulatory mechanism of PXR signaling in cancer, and its potential for the targeted prevention and therapeutics.
Key words:    PXR    NR1I2    PAR    Signaling    Nuclear receptor    Transcriptional regulation    Cancer   
Received: 2019-01-17     Revised: 2019-06-10
DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2019.06.012
Funds: This study was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (81772972 and 81572703); Guangdong Natural Science Foundation (2015A030313449; China); Guangdong Science and Technology Project "Public Research and Capacity Building" Special Project Fund (2014A020212285; China); and Department of Education, Guangdong Government under the Toptier University Development Scheme for Research and Control of Infectious Diseases (2016026, 2015060, and 2015089; China).
Corresponding author: Yongdong Niu
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