Interleukin-2 stimulates the proliferation of cultured RC-4B/C pituitary adenoma cell line
Wang, G.F.; Zhu, Y.L.; Chen, J.K.; Zhang, W.H.; Zhong, Y.Q.; Hu, Y.Z.; Wang, F.Z.
Sheng Li Xue Bao 52(3): 188-192
ISSN/ISBN: 0371-0874 PMID: 11956561 Accession: 046437392
The aim of the present study was to investigate whether interleukin-2 (IL-2) is involved in the proliferation control of the cultured RC-4B/C cell, which is a derived pituitary adenoma cell line of the rat. The level of cell proliferation was estimated by assessing (3)H-thymidine ((3)H-TdR) incorporation rate. IL-2 (10 1000 U/ml) significantly stimulated (3)H-TdR incorporation into the cell line in a dose-dependent manner. Specific PTK inhibitor tyrphostin (1 micromol/L) suppressed RC-4B/C cell proliferation and blocked the effect of IL-2 on RC-4B/C cells. After the PKA signaling pathway was inhibited by specific PKA inhibitor H-9 (1 micromol/L), the proliferation rate of RC-4B/C cells increased significantly. H-9 also enhanced the stimulation of IL-2 on RC-4B/C cell growth. Anti-estrogen tamoxifen (1 micromol/L) had no significant effect on the action of IL-2 on the proliferation of RC-4B/C cells. In conclusion, it is suggested that IL-2 modulates the proliferation of the cultured RC-4B/C pituitary adenoma cell line, and the action is closely related with the PTK and PKA signaling pathway.