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Horm Metab Res. 2011 Jun;43(6):386-90. doi: 10.1055/s-0031-1273760. Epub 2011 Mar 29.

Differential roles of MAPK-Erk1/2 and MAPK-p38 in insulin or insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) signaling pathways for progesterone production in human ovarian cells.

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Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York 10003, USA. dyoung@chpnet.org

Abstract

Insulin and insulin like-growth factor-I (IGF-I) participate in the regulation of ovarian steroidogenesis. In insulin resistant states ovaries remain sensitive to insulin because insulin can activate alternative signaling pathways, such as phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI-3 kinase) and mitogen-activated protein-kinase (MAPK) pathways, as well as insulin receptors and type 1 IGF receptors. We investigated the roles of MAPK-Erk1/2 and MAPK-p38 in insulin and IGF-I signaling pathways for progesterone production in human ovarian cells. Human ovarian cells were cultured in tissue culture medium in the presence of varying concentrations of insulin or IGF-I, with or without PD98059, a specific MAPK-Erk1/2 inhibitor, with or without SB203580, a specific MAPK-p38 inhibitor or with or without a specific PI-3-kinase inhibitor LY294002. Progesterone concentrations were measured using radioimmunoassay. PD98059 alone stimulated progesterone production in a dose-dependent manner by up to 65% (p<0.001). Similarly, LY294002 alone stimulated progesterone production by 13-18% (p<0.005). However, when used together, PD98059 and LY294002 inhibited progesterone production by 17-20% (p<0.001). SB203580 alone inhibited progesterone production by 20-30% (p<0.001). Insulin or IGF-I alone stimulated progesterone production by 40-60% (p<0.001). In insulin studies, PD98059 had no significant effect on progesterone synthesis while SB203580 abolished insulin-induced progesterone production. Either PD98059 or SB203580 abolished IGF-I-induced progesterone production. Both MAPK-Erk1/2 and MAPK-p38 participate in IGF-I-induced signaling pathways for progesterone production, while insulin-induced progesterone production requires MAPK-p38, but not MAPK-Erk1/2. These studies provide further evidence for divergence of insulin and IGF-I signaling pathways for human ovarian cell steroidogenesis.

PMID:
21448845
DOI:
10.1055/s-0031-1273760
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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