Journal article

Steroid inhibition of calcitriol-induced prolactin production in GH4C1 cells. Specificity and sensitivity.

JD Wark, V Gurtler

Biochem J | Published : 1987


The induction of prolactin (PRL)-gene expression by calcitriol (1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol) in clonal rat pituitary tumour (GH4C1) cells was selectively inhibited by cortisol [IC50 (concentration causing 50% inhibition) = 3.2-4.1 nM]. The steroid specificity of this effect was investigated and various steroids were found to inhibit calcitriol-stimulated PRL production with the following relative potencies: cortisol, 1; dexamethasone, 8; 11-deoxycortisol, 0.5; corticosterone, 0.4; aldosterone, 0.07; testosterone and oestradiol, less than 0.003. The steroid antagonist RU 38486 did not affect basal or calcitriol-stimulated PRL production, but antagonized the effect ..

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