We attempted to elucidate molecular mechanisms of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) gene regulation by the protein kinase C (PKC) pathway in GT1- 1 cells. Activation of PKC with 12-tetra-decanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA) or inhibition with staurosporine or calphostin C down-regulated GnRH mRNA levels. A serial deletion mutant analysis revealed that this suppression was mediated by the proximal region (-187/-69) of the mouse GnRH promoter. TPA transiently induced c-fos mRNA, whereas staurosporine or calphostin C failed to do so. However, PKC inhibitors blocked the TPA-evoked c-fos induction. Over-expression of PKCα down-regulated GnRH promoter activity, indicating that PKC activation was sufficient to inhibit GnRH gene expression. These results suggest that both activation and inhibition of PKC decrease the GnRH gene expression in the GT1-1 cells probably through different signal cascade mechanisms.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|
- Calphostin C
- Protein kinase C
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