Demonstration of insulin-like growth factor (IGF-I and -II) receptors and binding protein in human breast cancer cell lines

D. D. De Leon, B. Bakker, D. M. Wilson, R. L. Hintz, R. G. Rosenfeld

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The insulin like growth factors (IGFs), potent mitogens for a variety of normal and transformed cells, have been reported to be secreted by several human breast cancer cell lines (BC). We have investigated the binding characteristics of IGF-I and -II in four human BC: MCF-7, T-47D, MDA 231 and Hs578T. Binding studies in microsomal membrane preparations detected high specific binding for both IGF in all four BC studied. Cross-linking with 125I-IGF-I, followed by sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) under reduced conditions, revealed the presence of an α subunit of apparent Mr = 130,000 in MCF-7, T-47D and MDA 213 cells. When 125I-IGF-II was cross-linked, a major band of apparent Mr = 260,000 was seen in all BC. This band was inhibited by IGF-II, but not by insulin. Cross-linking of 125I-IGF-I to conditioned media from BC demonstrated the presence of three binding proteins of apparent Mr = 45,000, 36,000 and 29,000 in all BC but T-47D, in which the 36,000 band was not seen. These data demonstrate that BC possess classical receptors for both IGF-I and -II and, furthermore, that BC produce specific binding proteins for these growth factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)398-405
Number of pages8
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 15 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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