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Steroid metabolism and binding activity in a murine renal tumor cell line.

Authors
  • Judge, S M
  • Phillips, M M
  • Liao, S
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of steroid biochemistry
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1984
Volume
21
Issue
5
Pages
505–511
Identifiers
PMID: 6334789
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to partially characterize the steroid binding activity of murine renal tumor cells in continuous culture. The steroid receptor content of a cloned renal tumor cell line (RAG) and a subline RAG-2 was examined by sucrose gradient analysis, hydroxylapatite and dextran-coated charcoal methods. The RAG cells lacked estrogen- and progestin-binding activity, whereas specific 5 alpha-dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and dexamethasone (Dx) binding activities were detected as 8S peaks on low salt gradients. The specificity of DHT binding was examined by sucrose gradient analysis: DHT, R1881 and ORG2058 all completely inhibited [3H]DHT binding whereas diethylstilbestrol and Dx were ineffective. The androgen receptor content of the RAG cells was approx. 15 fmol/mg cytosol protein by the hydroxylapatite-filter assay, with an estimated Kd for methyltrienolone (R1881) of 5 nM at 0 degrees C. Scatchard analysis of [3H]Dx binding by RAG cytosol showed a Kd of 6 nM for Dx and 44 nM for corticosterone at 0 degrees C. Glucocorticoid receptor levels were estimated to be 182 fmol/mg cytosol protein by dextran-coated charcoal assay. Metabolism of [3H]testosterone and [3H]DHT by RAG cells was examined 1, 4 and 6 h after exposure to labeled hormone. Radioactive DHT was the primary intracellular metabolite recovered after exposure to [3H]testosterone. There was little conversion of DHT to androstanediol.

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