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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

The peroxisome proliferator perfluorodecanoic acid inhibits the peripheral-type benzodiazepine receptor (PBR) expression and hormone- stimulated mitochondrial cholesterol transport and steroid formation in Leydig cells.

The peroxisome proliferator perfluordecanoic acid (PFDA) has been shown to exert an antiandrogenic effect in vivo by acting directly on the interstitial Leydig cells of the testis. The objective of this study was to examine the in vitro effects of PFDA and identify its site of action in steroidogenesis using as model systems the mouse tumor MA-10 and isolated rat Leydig cells. PFDA inhibited in a time- and dose-dependent manner the hCG-stimulated Leydig cell steroidogenesis. This effect was localized at the level of cholesterol transport into the mitochondria. PFDA did not affect either the total cell protein synthesis or the mitochondrial integrity. Moreover, it did not induce any DNA damage. Morphological studies indicated that PFDA induced lipid accumulation in the cells, probably due to the fact that cholesterol mobilized by hCG did not enter the mitochondria to be used for steroidogenesis. In search of the target of PFDA, we examined its effect on key regulatory mechanisms of steroidogenesis. PFDA did not affect the hCG-induced steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (StAR) levels. However, it was found to inhibit the mitochondrial peripheral-type benzodiazepine receptor (PBR) ligand binding capacity, 18-kDa protein, and messenger RNA (mRNA) levels. Further studies indicated that PFDA did not affect PBR transcription, but it rather accelerated PBR mRNA decay. Taken together, these data suggest that PFDA inhibits the Leydig cell steroidogenesis by affecting PBR mRNA stability, thus inhibiting PBR expression, cholesterol transport into the mitochondria, and the subsequent steroid formation. Moreover, this action of PFDA on PBR mRNA stability indicates a new mechanism of action of peroxisome proliferators distinct from the classic transcription-mediated regulation of target genes.[1]


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