Initial characterization of a subclone of the ma-10 mouse leydig tumor cell line

Michael W. Kilgore, Douglas M. Stocco

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Cloned cell lines have proven to be useful models in understanding the regulation of endocrine cells and steroid synthesis. In this study we report the isolation and characterization of a subclone of the MA-10 Leydig tumor cell line. Whereas there was no difference in basal steroid production between the clone (MA-10 LP) and the parent stock (MA-10), MA-10 LP produces very low levels of progesterone after stimulation by hCG or (Bu)2cAMP. In both cell populations, hCG stimulation resulted in the accumulation of comparable amounts of cAMP in the presence of a phosphodiesterase inhibitor, and similar levels of cAMP were measured at 30 min without inhibitor. Measurement of cholesterol side-chain cleavage activity using two separate methods demonstrated that the low steroid production in MA-10 LP could not be accounted for by a decrease in the activity of this enzyme complex. Additionally, no difference in 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase activity could be demonstrated between the two cell populations. Since the lesion that attenuates the ability of MA-10 to synthesize progesterone is somewhere after the production of cAMP and before cholesterol side-chain cleavage activity, this system may provide a useful model for understanding the regulatory mechanisms controlling steroid biosynthesis in Leydig cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1210-1216
Number of pages7
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology


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