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David J. Mangelsdorf (Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas): "Nuclear hormone receptors are a family of related transcription factors that are activated by binding small hydrophobic hormones like the steroids, thyroxin, vitamin D3, and all-trans retinoic acid. One intriguing aspect of nuclear hormone receptor biology is that in addition to the known receptors there are dozens of others for which a hormone (that is, a ligand) is unknown. We call these `orphan' receptors.

"In 1990 we published a paper describing one of these orphans as a receptor for a novel vitamin A derivative, which we called retinoid X (D.J. Mangelsdorf, et al., Nature, 345:224-9, 1990). Subsequently, we demonstrated that the ligand for this retinoid X receptor (RXR) was 9-cis...

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