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Mol Endocrinol. 2002 Sep;16(9):2124-34.

The effect of suppressor of cytokine signaling 3 on GH signaling in beta-cells.

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Steno Diabetes Center, DK-2820 Gentofte, Denmark.


GH is an important regulator of cell growth and metabolism. In the pancreas, GH stimulates mitogenesis as well as insulin production in beta-cells. The cellular effects of GH are exerted mainly through activation of the Janus kinase-signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) pathway. Recently it has been found that suppressors of cytokine signaling (SOCS) proteins are able to inhibit GH-induced signal transduction. In the present study, the role of SOCS-3 in GH signaling was investigated in the pancreatic beta-cell lines RIN-5AH and INS-1 by means of inducible expression systems. Via stable transfection of the beta-cell lines with plasmids expressing SOCS-3 under the control of an inducible promoter, a time- and dose-dependent expression of SOCS-3 in the cells was obtained. EMSA showed that SOCS-3 is able to inhibit GH-induced DNA binding of both STAT3 and STAT5 in RIN-5AH cells. Furthermore, using Northern blot analysis it was shown that SOCS-3 can completely inhibit GH-induced insulin production in these cells. Finally, 5-bromodeoxyuridine incorporation followed by fluorescence-activated cell sorting analysis showed that SOCS-3 inhibits GH-induced proliferation of INS-1 cells. These findings support the hypothesis that SOCS-3 is a major regulator of GH signaling in insulin-producing cells.

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