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Hormonal modulation of riboflavin carrier protein secretion by immature rat Sertoli cells in culture

Subramanian, S and Adiga, PR (1996) Hormonal modulation of riboflavin carrier protein secretion by immature rat Sertoli cells in culture. In: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, 120 (1). pp. 41-50.

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We report here that a protein species with biochemical and immunological similarity with chicken egg riboflavin carrier protein (RCP) is synthesized and secreted by immature rat Sertoli cells in culture. When quantitated by a specific heterologous radioimmunoassay, optimal concentrations of FSH (25 ng/ml) brought about 3-fold stimulation of RCP secretion. FSH, in the presence of testosterone (10−6 M) brought about 6-fold stimulation of secretion of RCP over the control cultures which were maintained in the absence of these two factors. The aromatase inhibitor (1,4,6-androstatrien-3,17-dione) curtailed 85% of the enhanced secretion of RCP, suggesting that the hormonal stimulation is mediated through in situ synthesized estrogen and this could be confirmed with exogenous estradiol-17 β which brought about 3 — fold enhancement of secretion of RCP at a concentration of 10−6 M. When tamoxifen (10 μM) was added along with FSH and testosterone, there was 75% decrease in the enhanced secretion of RCP. Addition of this anti-estrogen together with exogenous estradiol resulted in 55% decrease in elevated levels of RCP. Cholera toxin (1 μg/ml) and 8-bromo-cyclic AMP (0.5 mM) mimicked the action of FSH on the secretion of RCP thus suggesting that FSH stimulation of RCP production may be mediated through cyclic AMP. These findings suggest that estrogen mediates RCP induction in hormonally stimulated sertoli cells presumably to function as the carrier of riboflavin to the developing germ cells through blood-testis barrier in rodents.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: Riboflavin carrier protein;Sertoli cell;Estrogen.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Reproduction, Development & Genetics
Division of Biological Sciences > Biochemistry
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2010 05:36
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 05:48
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/24768

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