Nongenomic Actions of Retinoids: Role of Nur77 and RXR in the Regulation of Apoptosis and Inflammation

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Volume 15, 3 Issues, 2016

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Anti-Inflammatory & Anti-Allergy Agents in Medicinal Chemistry

Formerly: Current Medicinal Chemistry - Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Allergy Agents

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Claudiu T. Supuran
Neurofarba Department
University of Florence

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Nongenomic Actions of Retinoids: Role of Nur77 and RXR in the Regulation of Apoptosis and Inflammation

Anti-Inflammatory & Anti-Allergy Agents in Medicinal Chemistry, 6(4): 315-331.

Author(s): Jin-Zhang Zeng and Xiao-kun Zhang.

Affiliation: Institute for Biomedical Research,Xiamen University, China or the Burnham Institute for Medical Research, Cancer Center, 10901 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037,USA.


Recent advances have suggested that nongenomic action of retinoids and their receptors represents an important mechanism by which they exert therapeutic effects. Here we review rapid biological responses triggered by retinoids and related molecules by focusing on novel nongenomic mechanisms involving cytoplasmic action of nuclear receptors Nur77 and retinoid X receptor (RXR) in the regulation of apoptosis and inflammation. A class of apoptosis-inducing compounds related to atypical retinoid AHPN/CD437 has emerged as promising therapeutic agents. They rapidly induce mitochondrial targeting of Nur77 and RXR and conversion of Bcl-2 from a cellular protector to a killer. Thus, understanding the nongenomic action of Nur77 and RXR may provide a rational basis to guide the design and development of new therapeutic agents for cancer, and skin, cardiovascular, metabolic and central nervous disorders.


Retinoids, Nur77, RXR, nongenomic, apoptosis, inflammation, AHPN, CD437.

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Article Details

Volume: 6
Issue Number: 4
First Page: 315
Last Page: 331
Page Count: 17
DOI: 10.2174/187152307783220022
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