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

Insulin and insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) stimulate production of IGF-binding proteins by ovarian granulosa cells.

Ligand blot analysis of granulosa cell (GC)-conditioned culture medium revealed several easily measurable insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-binding proteins (IGFBPs), including IGFBP-3 [40-44 kilodaltons (kDa)] and IGFBP-2 (34 kDa). In the present study, IGF-I, in a dose-dependent manner, significantly stimulated the production of these IGFBPs. Insulin, but not IGF-II, mimicked IGF-I's action on IGFBP-3 and -2 production, but was less potent. The synthetic IGF, long R3-IGF-I, which has very low affinity for IGFBPs and only slightly reduced affinity for the IGF-I (type I) receptor, had significantly greater potency in stimulating IGFBP-3 and -2 production compared to IGF-I. Des-(1-3)-IGF-I had similar effects. IGF-I, IGF-II, and the IGF-I analogs, but not insulin, also induced production of an unidentified 30-kDa IGFBP not normally detectable in these cultures. However, in the presence of epidermal growth factor (which was without independent effect on the 30-kDa IGFBP), insulin also induced this 30-kDa IGFBP. By Northern analysis the expression of IGFBP-3 mRNA was found to be significantly stimulated by IGF-I. In summary, insulin stimulated IGFBP-3 and -2 production in a manner that mimics that of IGF-I and the more potent long R3-IGF-I. However, its low potency suggested that IGFBP production is regulated via the IGF-I (type I) receptor. The much higher potency of long R3-IGF-I compared to that of IGF-I suggests that the IGFBPs themselves modulate the action of IGFs by sequestering exogenous IGFs. Thus, one cellular response to IGF stimulation is the production of IGFBPs, which, in turn, reduce or negate the biological activity of the IGFs. The effects of insulin-like peptides are exerted at least in part by increasing levels of mRNA for specific BPs.[1]


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