Triiodothyronine (T3) nuclear binding sites in human placenta and decidua

K. Banovac, E. A. Ryan, Mary Jo O'Sullivan

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We studied the binding of triiodothyronine (T3) to human placenta and decidua. Although the placenta effectively blocks transfer of thyroxine (T4) and T3 it may itself be a thyroid hormone-dependent tissue and may specifically bind T3. A single class of high-affinity binding sites was found (K(a) 3.8 ± 0.31 s.e.m., and 3.3 ± 109 M-1) for both placenta and decidua. Limited capacity was also observed, viz., 0.117 ± 0.01 and 0.102 ± 0.018 fmoles/μg deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), respectively. Endogenous T3 nuclear saturation was 34%. Our results are consistent with the proposal that placenta and decidua have similar T3 specific nuclear binding sites and that T3 may have a direct action in the placenta.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-549
Number of pages7
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Developmental Biology


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