Insulin-like growth factor-I is internalized after binding to the Type I insulin-like growth factor receptor

E. S. Geary, R. G. Rosenfeld, A. R. Hoffman

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Abstract

Receptor-mediated endocytosis may represent an important mechanism whereby peptide hormones exert their biological effects. The ability of recombinant insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I to be internalized by cultured cells was evaluated in BRL-3A2 cells, a rat liver-derived cell line which lacks insulin receptors. Since recombinant IGF-I does not bind to the Type II IGF receptor, all specific binding of 125I-IGF-I in BRL-3A2 cells represents binding to the Type I receptor. Exposure of BRL-3A2 cells to IGF-I resulted in a rapid 50% deownregulation of Type I IGF receptors. Only one-half of these binding sites were sensitive to treatment with trypsin, a phenomenon which indicates that the peptide and its receptor were internalized after the cells were exposed to IGF-I. In conclusion, these experiments demonstrate that IGF-I can be internalized by cultured cells via the Type I IGF receptor, and suggest that IGF hormone action may be exerted by receptor-mediated endocytosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalHormone and Metabolic Research
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical

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