Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and its intracellular mediator, cAMP, increase the mRNA levels for the Steel factor (SLF, the c-kit ligand) in cultured primary mouse Sertoli cells. The inductive effect of cAMP is more evident in cultures from 13-day-old animals than in cultures from 18-day-old animals. Analysis through the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) indicates that (Bu)2cAMP or FSH treatment increases the levels of the mBNAs for both the potentially soluble form and the transmembrane form of SLF in cultured Sertoli cells. The ratio between mRNAs encoding the potentially soluble form and the transmembrane form of SLF increases during postnatal testis development, and it is higher in cultured Sertoli cells with respect to total testis, suggesting that, under the in vitro conditions, SLF could be produced by Sertoli cells mainly as a soluble factor. Soluble recombinant SLF stimulates, in a dose-dependent fashion, thymidine incorporation in cultures of isolated germ cell populations enriched in the mitotic stages (spermatogonia), independently of the presence of serum, whereas cAMP analogs have no effect. Autoradiographic analysis shows that SLF selectively stimulates DNA synthesis in type A spermatogonia.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1993|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental Biology