Insulin-like growth factor binding protein (IGFBP)-3 levels in conditioned media of Hs578T human breast cancer cells are post-transcriptionally regulated

Y. Oh, H. L. Muller, H. Pham, G. Lamson, Ronald (Ron) Rosenfeld

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Hs578T human breast cancer cells secrete insulin-like growth factor binding protein (IGFBP)-3 (41-kDa and 39-kDa) and IGFBP-4 (24-kDa) as major BP species. In addition, cell surface-associated IGFBP-3 is demonstrable by use of cell monolayer affinity cross-linking or by employing immunoperoxidase staining of the cell surface with specific polyclonal anti-human IGFBP-3 antibodies (αIGFBP-3gl and αIGFBP-3ngl). In this study, we have demonstrated that regulation of Hs578T IGFBP-3 by IGF peptides is specific, non-receptor mediated, and post-translational by showing: 1) dose-dependent increase of IGFBP-3 in conditioned media (CM) following addition of IGF-I and IGF-II (maximum 8-13-fold increase at 100 ng/ml concentration), but not by insulin up to 1 μg/ml; 2) confirmation of IGF-induced increases in CM concentrations of IGFBP-3 by means of Western ligan blot, affinity cross-linking, and IGFBP-3-specific radioimmunoassay; 3) increase of IGFBP-3 in CM in addition of IGF analogs which retain full affinity for IGFBPs ([Leu27]IGF-II and [Tyr55, Gln56]IGF-I], but not by IGF analogs which have significantly decreased affinity for IGFBPs ([Gln3, Ala4, Tyr15 Leu16]IGF-I, [Gln6, Ala7, Tyr18, Leu19, Leu27]IGF-II and IGF-I/insulin hybrid); 4) no change in IGFBP-3 mRNA following addition of IGFs; 5) existence of metal ion-dependent IGFBP-3 specific protease in CM and protection of IGFBP-3 from protease by formation of [IGF:IGFBP-3] complexes; and 6) release of cell surface-associated IGFBP-3 into CM by addition of IGF peptides. These studies demonstrate that IGF peptides regulate CM concentrations of IGFBP-3 through non-receptor mediated events, including dissociation of cell surface-associated IGFBP-3 and protection of IGFBP-3 from protease activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-87
Number of pages4
JournalGrowth Regulation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


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