Other approaches for selective actions

Modifications of the AR such as splice variants, isoforms or postranslational modifications may effect the interaction of the androgen with the receptor and determine tissue selectivity, but not much is known yet. Recent publications (Kousteni et al. 2001; Migliaccio et al. 2000) stress the importance of transcription-independent, nongenomic actions of steroids, reflecting the observation of rapid effects, mediated by hormones and their hormone receptors within minutes, thereby excluding transcription-dependent activity (genomic action). It was demonstrated that kinases such as PI3K/AKT (Castoria et al. 2003) on one side or Src/Ras/MEK (Kousteni et al. 2003) on the other side are downstream targets of the activated receptors. It is very likely that the necessary interaction with proteins for nonge-nomic action also depends on the ability of the ligand bound hormone receptor to adopt specific conformations which may differ from the conformation necessary for DNA-binding and transactivation. However this is highly speculative and it is unknown at this time if a preferential transcription-independent action could

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be beneficial for hypogonadism or PCa treatment. Effects which are suggested for nongenomic actions of steroid receptors includes beneficial and undesired effects on proliferation, protection of neurons and osteoblasts, and vasorelaxation (Cato etal. 2002; Sci STKE).

The identification of hormones which selectively alter genomic vs. nongenomic effects and signalling may lead to the development of novel compounds that specifically modulate the signals in vivo. First examples for androgens which were able to modulate genomic and nongenomic responses differentially were described (Lutz et al. 2003). However, it is not clear if such approaches will lead to tissue-selective hormones.

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