Glucocorticoid receptor in cultured human skin fibroblasts

Peter F. Bruning, Walter Meyer, Claude J. Migeon

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Human skin fibroblasts were grown in minimal essential medium with Earle's salts and 15% fetal calf serum. Confluent monolayer subcultures were incubated at 37°C, for 30 min with tritiated glucocorticoid dissolved in medium without fetal calf serum. Free and bound labelled steroids in cell sonicates were separated by chromatography using Sephadex G-25 columns. The specifically bound [3H]-cortisol and [3H]-trimacinolone acetonide represented 75% of the total bound radioactivity. There was no significant displacement of [3H]-cortisol by progesterone, 17-hydroxyprogesterone, testosterone, dihydrotestosterone or estradiol-17β, but 5α-dihydrocortisol, cortisone, corticosterone and asdosterone produced partial displacement. Scatchard analysis of data showed KD and Bmax values of 0.4-8.6 M × 10-9 and 1.5-11.4 fmol/μg DNA for triamcinolone acetonide. Using exclusion chromatography on Sephadex G-150 and sucrose gradient, the molecular weight of the glucocorticoid-receptor complex was estimated to be 40,000. In a cell-free system the glucocorticoid-receptor in cytosol was translocated to nuclei while the glucocorticoid alone was not. Thus subcultured human skin fibroblasts contain a cytosol protein which specifically binds glucocorticoid and which appears to be similar to glucocorticoid receptors described in other cell systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-593
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Steroid Biochemistry
Volume10
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

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Glucocorticoid Receptors
Fibroblasts
Glucocorticoids
Skin
Chromatography
Cytosol
Hydrocortisone
17-alpha-Hydroxyprogesterone
Triamcinolone Acetonide
Cell-Free System
Dihydrotestosterone
Cortisone
Radioactivity
Corticosterone
Serum
Gel Chromatography
Progesterone
Sucrose
Testosterone
Estradiol

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  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology

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Glucocorticoid receptor in cultured human skin fibroblasts. / Bruning, Peter F.; Meyer, Walter; Migeon, Claude J.

In: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry, Vol. 10, No. 6, 1979, p. 587-593.

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Bruning, Peter F. ; Meyer, Walter ; Migeon, Claude J. / Glucocorticoid receptor in cultured human skin fibroblasts. In: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry. 1979 ; Vol. 10, No. 6. pp. 587-593.
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