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Mol Cell Endocrinol. 1994 Dec;106(1-2):181-6.

Distinct effects of thrombospondin-1 and CISP/thrombospondin-2 on adrenocortical cell spreading.

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INSERM Unité 244, CEA, Département de Biologie Moléculaire et Structurale, Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires, Grenoble, France.


Corticotropin-induced secreted protein (CISP) is a trimeric protein secreted by bovine adrenocortical cells in response to ACTH, that is likely to represent the bovine form of thrombospondin-2 (TSP2). This study was aimed at delineating the respective effects of CISP/TSP2 and TSP1 (thrombospondin-1) on adrenocortical cell attachment and spreading. TSP1 and CISP/TSP2 were found to slightly reduce the attachment of adrenocortical cells to plastic in the presence of serum but exhibited a pronounced differential effect on cell spreading. CISP/TSP2 inhibited adrenocortical cell spreading in a dose-dependent manner (maximal effect with 40 micrograms/ml) whereas TSP1 (up to 100 micrograms/ml) did not influence this process. The inhibition of spreading was observed whether plates were coated with CISP/TSP2 alone or with a mixture of CISP/TSP2 and fibronectin. We suggest that the inhibition of in vitro adrenocortical cell spreading by CISP/TSP2 is indicative of an implication of this protein in the migration of adrenocortical cells in vivo.

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