[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/211973]
Prof Peter Leedman
Brief description Steroid hormones, such as oestrogen and cortisol, act in the body by binding a family of proteins (nuclear receptors) that bind directly to the DNA to regulate genes. The mechanisms underlying this process are complex and involve recruitment of additional molecules or coactivators to improve efficiency. Recently a novel coactivator was identified termed SRA, which remarkably is never made into protein in cells, rather exerting its effects as a RNA. We have identified a novel family of proteins that bind to SRA in cancer cells, and may well play a critical role in regulating how SRA modulates genes. This project seeks to understand how this family interacts with SRA, the functional effects on breast cancer cells, and the detailed 3-dimensional structure of the family members coupled with SRA. This work will provide novel insight into how SRA regulates steroid hormone action, and may create new potential avenues for developing therapeutics in breast cancer.
Funding Amount $AUD 466,980.00
Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants
Standard Project Grant