Growth hormone dependent stimulation of osteoblast-like cells in serum-free cultures via local synthesis of insulin-like growth factor I

M. Ernst, E. R. Froesch

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Gene-recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) elicited a dose-dependent stimulation of the proliferation of osteoblast-like cells (OB), when grown in strictly serum-free longterm cultures. A half-maximal effect was observed at concentrations of 15-20ng/ml and the maximal stimulation was 160% of hormone-free controls. The rhGH-induced effect on proliferation could be inhibited dose-dependently by the addition of an insulin-like growth factor (IGF) I-antiserum to the medium. Moreover, IGF I and rhGH had additive effects only when the exogeneous IGF I concentration exceeded that of endogenously produced IGF I by a large margin. Thus, direct stimulation of OB proliferation by rhGH is, at least in part, mediated by IGF I-like immunoreactivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-147
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 29 Feb 1988
Externally publishedYes

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