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Maria G. Petrillo

Molecular Endocrinology
Institut Pasteur de Bangui


Ph.D., is Chief of the Signal Transduction Laboratory and head of the Molecular Endocrinology Group. The group studies steroid hormones, which regulate tissue-specific gene expression in animals via receptor dependent intracellular signal transduction pathways.

Research Interest

Glucocorticoid receptors and their actions on the inflammatory response Regulation of apoptosis in normal and neoplastic cells Animal models for studying glucocorticoid actions


  • Cloning novel inhibitors of apoptosis The role of cell volume regulation and ion channels in apoptosis Defining how glucocorticoid activate and inhibit apoptosis in cancer cells

  • Current projects: Mutual interference of signaling between the glucocorticoid receptor and NF-κB The role of glucocorticoid receptor phosphorylation in signal transduction The transcriptional and translational regulation of glucocorticoid receptor gene expression

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