Two hours after a single intraperitoneal injection of dexamethasone (20 μg/Kg b.w.) into adult male rats, a typical ladder of DNA fragments was detectable upon separation on agarose gels of DNA from thymocytes. This became maximally evident at 4 hours. Accumulation of sulfated glycoprotein-2 (SGP-2) mRNA, whose rate of expression has been associated to the processes of programmed cell death, preceded the appearance of DNA degradation, starting to increase as early as 30 min after steroid injection, and maintained higher than controls until 8 hrs; a different time course was shown by changes in the levels of beta-actin mRNA. In the spleen, under the same conditions, the SGP-2 message also increased at 30 min, prior to DNA fragmentation, but decreased thereafter below the control value.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 29 1991|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology