A cell line derived from the Fisher rat thyroid (FRT), that does not have functional TSH receptor, was stably transfected with the cDNA of the human TSH receptor (hTSH-R). In wild FRT cells TSH (1-1000 mU/l) was unable to increase cAMP production, while 10-10000 nmol/l forskolin elicited a 10-30 fold cAMP stimulation. Two of the transfected clones were responsive to TSH in terms of cAMP production. In particular, the FRT-R3 transfected clone showed the highest sensitivity to the hormone with a 10 fold cAMP increase over the basal at 100 mU/l TSH. The Northern blot analysis using a 2.4 kbp cDNA probe for the hTSH-R showed a band corre-spending to the mRNA of TSH receptor in FRT-R3 cells, but not in wild FRT cells. In both cell types TSH was ineffective in stimulating growth assayed by 3Hthymidine incorporation into DMA. Hybridization with a probe for thyroperoxidase on polymerase chain reaction products after reverse transcription of mRNA showed that FRT-R3, as well as FRT cells, do not have a transcript for thyroperoxidase. In conclusion, the data reported in this paper show that the insertion of the hTSH-R cDNA in the genome of poorly differentiated rat thyroid cells results in the recovery of TSH-dependent adenylate cyclase, but not other differentiated thyroid cell functions.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Endocrinological Investigation|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
- Thyroid cens transfection
- Tsh receptor
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