Gonadotropin-releasing hormone inhibits cyclic nucleotide accumulation in cultured rat granulosa cells

M. Knecht, M. S. Katz, K. J. Catt

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Ovarian granulosa cells obtained from hypophysectomized, diethylstilbestrol-treated rats were cultured in the presence of ovine follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). FSH stimulated the production and accumulation of both cAMP and cGMP, as well as progesterone, during a 48-h incubation period. Addition of GnRH or an agonist analog, [D-Ala6]des-Gly10-GnRH N-ethylamide (GnRHa), did not influence the cyclic nucleotide response to FSH in the first 6 h of incubation, but caused dose-dependent inhibition of the FSH-induced rise in cyclic nucleotide production from 24 to 48 h of incubation. Cellular production of both cyclic nucleotides and progesterone was decreased by GnRHa concentrations as low as 10-12 M, with maximum inhibition at 10-9 M GnRHa. These results suggest that the in vitro antigonadal actions of GnRH and related peptides are expressed through inhibition of cyclic nucleotide production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-36
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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