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Family: Androgen_recep (PF02166)

Summary: Androgen receptor

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The androgen receptor is an intracellular steroid receptor that specifically binds testosterone and dihydrotestosterone,- it has two main forms, A and B, that differ in their molecular weight.


Like all steroid receptors, the androgen has an amino acid and a carboxyl terminal, and between them the regulatory domain, a DNA binding domain, the hinge section, and the hormone binding domain. The A form is shorter than the B-form, their functional difference is not clear. The androgen receptor is most closely related to the progesterone receptor, and progestins in higher doasges can block the androgen receptor.


The gene for the androgen receptor is located on the X chromosome at Xq11-12.


In some cell types testosterone interacts directly with its receptor, while in others testosterone needs to be converted by 5-alpha-reductase to dihydrotestosterone before the receptor activation can take place. Examples are derivatives of the Wolffian duct for the former, and derivatives of the urogenital sinus, the urogenital tubercle, and hair follicles for the latter.

After the hormone binds to the receptor, restructuring with dimerization follows and the complex enters the nucleus and binds to DNA. There transcription takes place, resulting in formation of messenger RNA that activates cytoplasmatic ribosomes to produce specific proteins.

AR deficiencies

The androgen insensitivity syndrome is caused by an abnormality in the androgen receptor. The androgen receptor seems to affect neuron physiology and is defective in Kennedy's disease.


Speroff L, Glass RH, Kase NG: Clinical Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility. Sixth Ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore,MD, 1999.

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InterPro entry IPR001103

Steroid or nuclear hormone receptors (NRs) constitute an important super-family of transcription regulators that are involved in diverse physiological functions, including control of embryonic development, cell differentiation and homeostasis. Members include the steroid hormone receptors and receptors for thyroid hormone, retinoids and 1,25-dihydroxy-vitamin D3. The proteins function as dimeric molecules in the nucleus to regulate the transcription of target genes in a ligand-responsive manner [ PUBMED:7899080 , PUBMED:8165128 ].

NRs are extremely important in medical research, a large number of them being implicated in diseases such as cancer, diabetes and hormone resistance syndromes. Many do not yet have a defined ligand and are accordingly termed "orphan" receptors. More than 300 NRs have been described to date and a new system has recently been introduced in an attempt to rationalise the increasingly complex set of names used to describe superfamily members.

The androgen receptor (AR) consists of 3 functional and structural domains: an N-terminal (modulatory) domain; a DNA binding domain ( INTERPRO ) that mediates specific binding to target DNA sequences (ligand-responsive elements); and a hormone binding domain. The N-terminal domain (NTD) is unique to the androgen receptors and spans approximately the first 530 residues; the highly-conserved DNA-binding domain is smaller (around 65 residues) and occupies the central portion of the protein; and the hormone ligand binding domain (LBD) lies at the receptor C terminus. In the absence of ligand, steroid hormone receptors are thought to be weakly associated with nuclear components; hormone binding greatly increases receptor affinity.

The LBDs of steroid hormone receptors fold into 12 helices that form a ligand-binding pocket. When an agonist is bound, helix 12 folds over the pocket to enclose the ligand [ PUBMED:12089231 ]. When an antagonist is unbound, helix 12 is positioned away from the pocket in a way that interferes with the binding of coactivators to a groove in the hormone-binding domain formed after ligand binding. In AR, ligand binding that induces folding of helix 12 to overlie the pocket discloses a groove that binds a region of the NTD. Coactivator molecules can also bind to this groove, but the predominant site for coactivator binding to AR is in the NTD. AR ligand resides in a pocket and primarily contacts helices 4, 5, and 10. The DNA-binding region includes eight cysteine residues that form two coordination complexes, each composed of four cysteines and a Zn 2+ ion. These two zinc fingers form the structure that binds to the major groove of DNA. The second zinc finger stabilises the binding complex by hydrophobic interactions with the first finger and contributes to specificity of receptor DNA binding. It is also necessary for receptor dimerisation that occurs during DNA binding

Defects in the androgen receptor cause testicular feminisation syndrome, androgen insensibility syndrome (AIS) [ PUBMED:1307250 , PUBMED:1569163 ]. AIS may be complete (CAIS), where external genitalia are phenotypically female; partial (PAIS), where genitalia are substantively ambiguous; or mild (MAIS), where external genitalia are normal male, or nearly so. Defects in the receptor also cause X-linked spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (also known as Kennedy's disease).

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Seed source: IPR001103
Previous IDs: none
Type: Family
Sequence Ontology: SO:0100021
Author: Mian N , Bateman A
Number in seed: 2
Number in full: 321
Average length of the domain: 318.1 aa
Average identity of full alignment: 61 %
Average coverage of the sequence by the domain: 49.81 %

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Parameter Sequence Domain
Gathering cut-off 25.3 25.3
Trusted cut-off 25.3 25.5
Noise cut-off 25.2 25.2
Model length: 501
Family (HMM) version: 19
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