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Regulation of endothelial IGFBP-3 synthesis and secretion by IGF-I and TGF-beta.

We have examined the regulation of endothelial IGFBP-3 production by IGF-I and TGF-beta, two growth factors thought to play a major roles in the complications of diabetes mellitus. In addition, we developed a sensitive method for IGFBP-3 mRNA quantitation by adapting the fluorescent modification of the competitive PCR strategy. Our results using both Northern analysis and the fluorescent competitive PCR method indicate that: (1) IGFBP-3 mRNA is increased 2- to 10-fold by IGF-I and maximally reduced to 20% of control by TGF-beta; (2) the changes in mRNA levels correlate with the levels of IGFBP-3 protein secreted into the media by these cells; (3) the induction of IGFBP-3 mRNA and protein by IGF-I analogs was directly related to their ability to bind to the type I IGF receptor, reflecting an IGF-I receptor-mediated process; and (4) steady state IGFBP-3 mRNA levels did not change significantly after a 6 h incubation with actinomycin D in the presence or absence of the growth factors suggesting that the observed IGF-I/TGF-beta effects occur at the level of gene transcription rather than mRNA stability.[1]


  1. Regulation of endothelial IGFBP-3 synthesis and secretion by IGF-I and TGF-beta. Erondu, N.E., Dake, B.L., Moser, D.R., Lin, M., Boes, M., Bar, R.S. Growth Regul. (1996) [Pubmed]
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