Somatostatin Receptor Subtype Expression in Human Thyroid and Thyroid Carcinoma Cell Lines

Kenneth B. Ain, Kimberly D. Taylor, Sharmen Tofiq, Gopalakrishnan Venkataraman

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Somatostatin (SRIH) analogs can suppress the proliferation of human differentiated thyroid carcinoma cell lines that express SRIH receptors (SSTRs) demonstrated by radioligand binding analysis. Five distinct human SSTR subtypes (hSSTR1-5) that bind native SRIH exhibit diverse affinities to a wide range of SRIH analogs. Reverse transcriptase-PCR amplification of ribonucleic acids (RNAs) obtained from normal thyroid tissues and nine human thyroid carcinoma cell lines, grown as monolayer cultures and xenograft tumors in nude mice, were used to discriminate expression of SSTR subtype messenger RNAs (mRNAs). The cell lines were derived from a follicular adenoma (KAK-1), two follicular carcinomas (MRO-87 and WRO-82), two papillary carcinomas (NPA87 and KAT-10), and four anaplastic thyroid carcinomas (DRO-90, ARO-81, KAT-4, and KAT-18). Most thyroid cancer cell line monolayers and xenografts expressed SSTR3 and SSTR5 mRNAs. SSTR1 expression was more varied between monolayers and xenografts, whereas SSTR2 mRNA was only faintly detectable at the most extreme resolution. SSTR4 mRNA was faintly positive in only one anaplastic carcinoma xenograft. Normal thyroid also expressed SSTR3 and SSTR5 mRNAs, with only faint expression of SSTR1 and SSTR2 mRNAs (in one of five and three of five samples, respectively). SSTR mRNA expression was dependent upon in vitro culture conditions, as xenograft SSTR mRNA expression tended to decrease compared to that in each respective monolayer culture. Characterization of SSTR subtype expression in human thyroid carcinomas may permit targeting of specific SRIH analogs to inhibit proliferation of differentiated and anaplastic thyroid carcinomas in patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1857-1862
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical


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