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The mature form of interleukin-1 alpha is constitutively expressed in immature male germ cells from rat.

Authors: Haugen, TB  Landmark, BF  Josefsen, GM  Hansson, V  Hogset, A 
Citation: Haugen TB, etal., Mol Cell Endocrinol. 1994 Nov;105(2):R19-23.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:7859917

In the present study we show that immature germ cells from rat testis contain both interleukin-1 alpha (IL-1 alpha) mRNA and immunoreactive proteins. In contrast, in primary cultures of Sertoli cells and peritubular cells. IL-1 alpha mRNA and immunoreactive protein were below the levels of detection. Immunoblots of lysates from these germ cells showed the presence of strong 17 kDa bands (mature forms of IL-1 alpha) and a much weaker 33 kDa band (precursor form). The finding of cell-associated mature forms of IL-1 alpha in germ cells indicates that immature male germ cells are able to process IL-1 alpha independent of its secretion. Data from isolated cell fractions, as well as from whole testis tissue from rats of various ages, indicate that IL-1 alpha expression takes place in late pachytene spermatocytes and early round spermatids. Whether IL-1 alpha plays a role intracellularly in germ cells or exerts its effects on neighboring Sertoli cells remains to be shown.


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CRRD ID: 7800679
Created: 2014-01-15
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Last Modified: 2014-01-15
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