Estrogen receptor alpha and beta in health and disease

Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Aug;29(4):557-68. doi: 10.1016/j.beem.2015.04.008. Epub 2015 Apr 26.


Estrogen receptors alpha (ERα) and beta (ERβ) are transcription factors that are involved in the regulation of many complex physiological processes in humans. Abnormal ER signaling leads to development of a variety of diseases, such as cancer, metabolic and cardiovascular disease, neurodegeneration, inflammation, and osteoporosis. This review provides an overview and update on ERα and ERβ in health and disease with focus on their role in cancer and metabolic disease and in the context of recent years' success in providing genome wide data on ER function. Furthermore, potential clinical applications and challenges are also discussed.

Keywords: cancer; estrogen receptors; metabolic disease.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Estrogen Receptor alpha / genetics
  • Estrogen Receptor alpha / metabolism*
  • Estrogen Receptor beta / genetics
  • Estrogen Receptor beta / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Metabolic Diseases / genetics
  • Metabolic Diseases / metabolism*
  • Neoplasms / genetics
  • Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction


  • Estrogen Receptor alpha
  • Estrogen Receptor beta