Receptors for D-Trp6-luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone, somatostatin, and insulin-like growth factor I in MXT mouse mammary carcinoma

G. Srkalovic, B. Szende, T. W. Redding, K. Groot, A. V. Schally

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Membrane receptors for D-Trp6-luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (D-Trp6-LH-RH), somatostatin-14 (SS-14), and insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) were estimated in MXT mammary cancers of mice using sensitive multipoint micromethods. The receptors were characterized in untreated animals and following in vivo treatment with microcapsules of the agonist D-Trp6-LH-RH and the somatostatin analog RC-160, which strongly inhibited tumor growth. In the control group, D-Trp6-LH-RH was bound to the single class of saturable, specific, noncooperative receptor sites (K(d), = 29.3 ± 8.48 x 10-9 M; B(max) = 4.55 ± 0.31 pmol/mg membrane protein). Treatment with D-Trp6-LH-RH alone or in combination with RC-160 produced down-regulation of membrane receptors for D-Trp6-LH-RH on MXT mammary tumor cells. RC-160 alone and ovariectomy were without effect on D-Trp6-LH-RH receptors. On the membrane surface of MXT mammary cells, we found one class of high affinity, specific, saturable binding sites for SS-14 (K(d) = 4.4 ± 1.9 x 10-9 M; B(max) = 0.58 ± 0.21 pmol/mg membrane protein). Treatment with RC-160 alone or combined with D-Trp6-LH-RH significantly increased in both the dissociation binding constant (K(d) = 18.6 ± 3.5 x 10-9 and 10.1 ± 0.7 x 10-9 M, respectively) and the binding capacity (B(max) = 13.98 ± 1.7 and 21.00 ± 4.0 pmol/mg membrane protein, respectively). We also found specific binding sites (K(d) = 3.01 ± 0.15 x 10-9 M; B(max) = 2.24 ± 0.96 pmol/mg membrane protein) for IGF-I in the membrane fractions of MXT mammary cancers. Chronic treatment with D-Trp6-LH-RH and RC-160 alone or in combination, as well as ovariectomy, significantly decreased the dissociation binding constant of IGF-I membrane receptors on MXT mammary cells. Our results strongly suggest an important role of LH-RH, SS-14, and IGF-I in the growth of MXT mammary carcinoma. Changes in characteristics of receptors after treatment with analogs of LH-RH and SS-14 along with tumor growth inhibition provide additional support for the direct effect of these peptides on tumor cells. A possible significance of these findings as applied to a clinical environment is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-218
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 19 1990
Externally publishedYes

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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