Biosynthesis of thyrotropin-releasing hormone by a rat medullary thyroid carcinoma cell line

K. A. Sevarino, P. Wu, I. M.D. Jackson, B. A. Roos, G. Mandel, R. H. Goodman

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Prepro-thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) messenger RNA was detected in the rat medullary thyroid carcinoma cell line CA77. The RNA of 1.6 kilobases comigrated with that found in rat hypothalamus. Using three radioimmunoassays specific for pro-TRH-derived peptides, we demonstrated that CA77 cells synthesize high levels of immunoreactive TRH and all of the other pro-TRH-derived peptides identified in hypothalamic tissue. The relative levels of the pro-TRH-derived peptides also indicate that CA77 cells process the TRH precursor in a manner similar to hypothalamic tissue. CA77 cells provide a promising model system for further studies of prepro-TRH gene regulation and post-translational maturation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)620-623
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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