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Prolactin-induced accumulation of casein mRNA in mouse mammary explants: A selective role of glucocorticoid
journal contributionposted on 1981-01-30, 00:00 authored by K Nagaiah, F F Bolander, Kevin Nicholas, T Takemoto, Y J Topper
The role of glucocorticoid in the prolactin-induced accumulation of casein mRNA in mammary explants from midpregnant mice has been studied after an initial 4-day incubation to allow the level of messenger to decline to undetectable levels. Subsequent culture for 3 days: 1) with insulin and glucocorticoid did not result in detectable accumulation of messenger; 2) with insulin and prolactin resulted in a very small accumulation; 3) with insulin, glucocorticoid and prolactin elicited a 20-fold greater accumulation of casein mRNA than the system with only insulin and prolactin. Therefore, although glucocorticoids are not an absolute requirement for casein gene expression in mouse mammary tissue, they are necessary for massive accumulation of casein mRNA induced by prolactin. It appears that this dependence is not a result of either mRNA stabilization or alteration in prolactin receptors. By contrast, stimulation of total epithelial RNA synthesis by prolactin does not have this glucocorticoid dependency. © 1981.