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Steroids. 1998 May-Jun;63(5-6):285-7.

Establishment of a mouse Sertoli cell line producing rat androgen-binding protein (ABP).

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Département de Cytologie Histologie-Embryologie, Faculté de Médecine, Université Henri Poincaré Nancy I, Vandoeuvre, France.


The ultimate goal of this study was to compare the fate of rat testicular germ cells cocultured with mouse Sertoli cells that either do or do not produce rat androgen-binding protein (ABP). As a first step, we stably transfected a rat ABP expression construct into an immortalized mouse Sertoli cell line (TM4), which does not produce ABP when growing on plastic without hormones. The transfection of the pRc/CMV- rat ABP cDNA expression vector containing a neomycin resistance gene was made by either the liposome method (Dotap) or by polyethyleneimine transfection (PEI) into TM4 cell cultures. Neomycin-resistant clones were selected by adding Geneticin to the culture medium for 3 weeks. Analysis of over 25 clones revealed the presence of recombinant rat ABP when cell extracts and culture media were probed with a rabbit polyclonal antibody raised against rat testicular ABP, indicating the translation and secretion of a protein similar to rat testicular ABP. Transfected TM4 cells maintain the secretion of rat ABP for more than 40 days, with immunopositive rat ABP localized within cytoplasmic granules in the Golgi region and along cytoplasmic processes in TM4 transfected with either vector. Electron microscopic study revealed a higher development of cytoplasmic organelles involved in protein secretion.

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