Journal article

Regulation of ribosomal DNA transcription by insulin.

KM Hannan, LI Rothblum, LS Jefferson

Am J Physiol | Published : 1998


The experiments reported here used 3T6-Swiss albino mouse fibroblasts and H4-II-E-C3 rat hepatoma cells as model systems to examine the mechanism(s) through which insulin regulates rDNA transcription. Serum starvation of 3T6 cells for 72 h resulted in a marked reduction in rDNA transcription. Treatment of serum-deprived cells with insulin was sufficient to restore rDNA transcription to control values. In addition, treatment of exponentially growing H4-II-E-C3 with insulin stimulated rDNA transcription. However, for both cell types, the stimulation of rDNA transcription in response to insulin was not associated with a change in the cellular content of RNA polymerase I. Thus we conclude that i..

View full abstract