Glucocorticoid receptor in polymorphonuclear leukocytes: A simple method for leukocyte glucocorticoid receptor characterization

Tohru Murakami, David Brandon, David Rodbard, D. Lynn Loriaux, Mortimer B. Lipsett

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Glucocorticoid receptors of polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMN) have been characterized and compared with those of mononuclear leukocytes (MNL). Cytosol receptors from PMN and MNL have similar binding affinities for [3H]-dexamethasone (Dex). nearly superimposable sedimentation profiles on sucrose density gradients, and similar elution patterns from DEAE-Sephadex. Thus, the glucocorticoid receptors of MNL and PMN have similar biochemical properties. We have developed a simple method for preparing leukocytes from 20 ml of blood to characterize and quantify the glucocorticoid receptor. The Scatchard analysis of [3H]-Dex binding to intact leukocytes shows a single class of binding sites; the apparent Kd was dependent on the duration of incubation, but the binding capacity remained constant after 2 h incubation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-481
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Steroid Biochemistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1979
Externally publishedYes


  • (Dex)
  • 1,3,5(10)-estratriene-3,17β-diol
  • 11β 17, 21-trihydroxy-4-pregnene-3,20-dione
  • 16α,17,21-tetrahydroxy-1,4-pregnadiene-3
  • 17β-hydroxy-4-androsten-3-one
  • 17β-hydroxy-5α-androstan-3-one
  • 20-dione
  • 20-dione-16,17-acetonide
  • 21-hydroxy-4-pregnene-3
  • 3α-hydroxy-5α-androstan-17-one
  • 3β-hydroxy-5-androsten-17-one
  • 4-pregnene-3,20-dione
  • 9α-fluoro-11β
  • 9α-fluoro-16α-methyl-11β,17,21-trihydroxy-1,4- pregnadiene-3, 20-dione
  • MNL
  • PMN
  • aldosterone, 11, 21-dihydroxy-4-pregnene-3, 20-dione-18-al
  • cortisol
  • dehydroepiandrosterone
  • deoxycorticosterone
  • dexamethasone
  • dihydrotestosterone
  • estradiol (17β-estradiol)
  • etiocholanolone
  • mononuclear leukocytes
  • polymorphonuclear leukocytes
  • progesterone
  • testosterone
  • triamcinolone acetonide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology


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