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MS Pampusch, E Kamanga-Sollo, ME White, MR Hathaway, and WR Dayton

IGF-binding protein (IGFBP)-3 is produced by cultured porcine embryonic myogenic cell (PEMC) cultures and is secreted into the medium. Levels of secreted IGFBP-3 and IGFBP-3 mRNA are significantly reduced during differentiation and increase after differentiation is complete, suggesting that IGFBP-3 may play some role in myogenesis and/or in changes in myogenic cell proliferation that accompany differentiation. IGFBP-3 reportedly may either suppress or stimulate proliferation of cultured cells depending on cell type. Additionally, IGFBP-3 has been shown to affect proliferation via both IGF-dependent and IGF-independent mechanisms in some cell types but not all. Currently, the effect, if any, of IGFBP-3 on myogenic cell proliferation is not known. Consequently, the goal of this study was to assess the IGF-I-dependent and IGF-I-independent actions of recombinant porcine IGFBP-3 on proliferation of cultured porcine myogenic cells. To facilitate these investigations, we have expressed porcine IGFBP-3 in the baculovirus system, purified and characterized the expressed recombinant porcine IGFBP-3 (rpIGFBP-3), and produced and characterized an anti-porcine IGFBP-3 antibody that neutralizes the biological activity of porcine IGFBP-3. rpIGFBP-3 suppressed IGF-I-stimulated proliferation of PEMCs in a concentration-dependent manner with equimolar concentrations of IGF-I and rpIGFBP-3, resulting in complete suppression of IGF-I-stimulated proliferation. rpIGFBP-3 also suppressed Long-R3-IGF-I-stimulated proliferation of PEMC, indicating that rpIGFBP-3 possesses IGF-independent activity in this cell system. These data have established that IGFBP-3 has the potential to affect proliferation of PEMCs during critical periods of muscle development that may impact ultimate muscle mass achievable postnatally.

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JA Stirland, ZC Seymour, S Windeatt, AJ Norris, P Stanley, MG Castro, AS Loudon, MR White, and Davis JR

Although analysis of luciferase activity using luminescence imaging has provided new insights into the dynamic regulation of gene expression in living tIssues, studies in vitro have relied on stably transfected clonal cell lines, limiting the choice of cell type and species, or DNA microinjection, which is arduous and highly selective. We report here the first use of a recombinant adenovirus in which the firefly luciferase reporter gene was regulated by the prolactin gene promoter, to study temporal dynamics of promoter activity. This vector was used to infect the pituitary GH3 cell line, and also primary cultures of Syrian hamster pituitary cells. We show that adenovirally transduced cells retained normal regulation of the promoter-reporter transgene by appropriate signals. Furthermore, microscopic imaging studies indicated that both clonal and primary pituitary cells were transduced efficiently, giving readily detectable luminescence signals in real-time over long periods. Finally, analysis of single-cell expression patterns indicated that prolactin promoter activity was highly dynamic with pulses in gene expression, revealing that the transcriptional instability seen in clonal cells is a feature of normal pituitary cells. Adenoviral vectors offer a valuable tool for studies of gene regulation where conventional transgenesis and clonal cell lines are not available.