Proliferation of TSU-Pr1, a human prostatic carcinoma cell line is stimulated by gonadotropin-releasing hormone

Masahiro Enomoto, Jae Young Seong, Seiichiro Kawashima, Min Kyun Park

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There have been numerous reports of the inhibitory effects of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) and its agonistic and antagonistic analogues on carcinomas derived from various organs, and in particular the direct inhibitory effects have been extensively studied. On the other hand, several studies have indicated that GnRH stimulates the proliferation of lymphoid tissues and cells, suggesting that GnRH is an immunomodulator. However, there have been few reports showing a stimulatory effect of GnRH on cell lines not derived from lymphoid tissues, and the mechanism of the stimulatory effect has not been investigated in detail. In this study, the stimulatory effect of GnRH (100 pM) on TSU-Pr1, a human prostatic carcinoma cell line, was demonstrated, and the dose-depedency of this effect of GnRH (3.125 fM∼20 nM) was observed by measuring colony-formation. RT-PCR analysis showed that both human GnRH receptor 1 and 2 are expressed in TSU-Pr1 cells, suggesting that this stimulatory effect of GnRH occurs through GnRH receptor(s). To our knowledge, this is the first report showing the stimulatory effect of GnRH on a prostatic carcinoma cell line. Moreover, we also examined the effect of conditioned medium of TSU-Pr1 cells and found that it inhibited the GnRH activity only on TSU-Pr1 cells. This characteristic of the conditioned medium of TSU-Pr1 cells is different from that of HHUA or Jurkat cells described in our previous study. TSU-Pr1 cells the proliferation of which is stimulated by GnRH can yield important clues about the mechanisms of the effects of GnRH on cell proliferation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3141-3152
Number of pages12
JournalLife Sciences
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 2004 May 7
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We are grateful to Prof. Y. Oka, Dr. M. Matsuda, Dr. Y. Akazome and Ms. Miho Kyokuwa, Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo, for valuable discussions throughout this study. We heartily express great gratitude to Dr. T. Iizumi, Department of Urology, Teikyo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan, and Ms. D. Y. Oh, Hormone Research Center, Chonnam National University, for advice on culturing TSU-Pr1 cells. This work was supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.


  • Cell proliferation
  • Conditioned medium
  • GnRH
  • Prostatic carcinoma
  • TSU-Pr1 cell line

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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