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Insulin-like growth factor-I mRNA and peptide in the human anterior pituitary


Jevdjovic, T; Bernays, R L; Eppler, E (2007). Insulin-like growth factor-I mRNA and peptide in the human anterior pituitary. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 19(5):335-341.

Abstract

The pituitary is the central organ regulating virtually all endocrine processes, and pathologies of the pituitary cause manifold adverse effects. Because insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I appears to be involved in tumour pathogenesis, progression, and persistence, and only few data exist on the cellular synthesis sites of IGF-I, the present study aims to create a basis for further research on pituitary adenomas by investigating the presence of IGF-I in the human pituitary using reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, in situ hybridisation, immunohistochemistry and immunocytochemistry. IGF-I was expressed in the pituitary, and gene sequence analysis revealed a sequence identical to that found in human liver. The distribution pattern of IGF-I mRNA found by in situ hybridisation corresponded to that of IGF-I peptide in immunohistochemistry. In all pituitary samples investigated, IGF-I-immunoreactivity occurred in almost all adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH)-immunoreactive cells. Occasionally, an interindividually varying number of growth hormone (GH) and, infrequently, follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinising hormone cells contained IGF-I-immunoreactivity but none was detected in supporting cells. At the ultrastructural level, IGF-I-immunoreactivity was confined to secretory granules in coexistence with ACTH- or GH-immunoreactivity, respectively, indicating a concomitant release of the hormones. Thus, in humans, IGF-I appears to be a constituent in ACTH cells whereas its production in GH-producing and gonadotrophic cells may depend on the physiological status (e.g. serum IGF-I level, age or reproductive phase). It is assumed that locally produced IGF-I plays a crucial role in the regulation of endocrine cells by autocrine/paracrine mechanisms in addition to the endocrine route.

The pituitary is the central organ regulating virtually all endocrine processes, and pathologies of the pituitary cause manifold adverse effects. Because insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I appears to be involved in tumour pathogenesis, progression, and persistence, and only few data exist on the cellular synthesis sites of IGF-I, the present study aims to create a basis for further research on pituitary adenomas by investigating the presence of IGF-I in the human pituitary using reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, in situ hybridisation, immunohistochemistry and immunocytochemistry. IGF-I was expressed in the pituitary, and gene sequence analysis revealed a sequence identical to that found in human liver. The distribution pattern of IGF-I mRNA found by in situ hybridisation corresponded to that of IGF-I peptide in immunohistochemistry. In all pituitary samples investigated, IGF-I-immunoreactivity occurred in almost all adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH)-immunoreactive cells. Occasionally, an interindividually varying number of growth hormone (GH) and, infrequently, follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinising hormone cells contained IGF-I-immunoreactivity but none was detected in supporting cells. At the ultrastructural level, IGF-I-immunoreactivity was confined to secretory granules in coexistence with ACTH- or GH-immunoreactivity, respectively, indicating a concomitant release of the hormones. Thus, in humans, IGF-I appears to be a constituent in ACTH cells whereas its production in GH-producing and gonadotrophic cells may depend on the physiological status (e.g. serum IGF-I level, age or reproductive phase). It is assumed that locally produced IGF-I plays a crucial role in the regulation of endocrine cells by autocrine/paracrine mechanisms in addition to the endocrine route.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Anatomy
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:May 2007
Deposited On:26 Mar 2010 08:48
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:53
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0953-8194
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2826.2007.01539.x
PubMed ID:17425608
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-29955

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