Communication between a cell surface peptide hormone receptor and an intracellular steroid hormone receptor can take various routes, as dictated by the physiology of a particular cell type. There is increasing evidence for a novel route which requires that a peptide hormone receptor pathway converge on a steroid hormone receptor, leading to its activation. One consequence of such a process can be signal amplification for the peptide hormone receptor agonist. This is exemplified by the self-potentiating action of GnRH, which is a critical component in events leading to a surge in LH secretion and ovulation. One signaling pathway stimulated by the GnRH receptor may entail a phosphorylation cascade resulting in progesterone-independent modulation of progesterone receptor activity.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism