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Korean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 1999;42(1):41-47.
Published online January 1, 2001.
Effect of ovarian on FSH release and subunit synthesis in rat anterior pituitary cells in culture.
You Kon Kim, Kyung Hwan Kim
to determine whether ovarian steroids directly regulate FSH release and B subunit synthesis at the pituitary level METHODS: In vitro study. After applying ovarian steroids in cultured rat anterior pituitary cells, we evaluate the amount of relesed FSH and FSH B subunit using dot-blot hybridization. RESULTS: Estradiol alone or GnRH-induced did not modulate FSH release and B ubunit synthesis. Although progesterone alone did not alter FSH release, GnRH-induced FSH release was significantly augmented by the treatment of progesterone. Progesterone alone stimulated FSH B mRNA level. Significant increase in FSH B mRNA level was also observed by the combined treatment of progesterone and GnRH. The effects of progesterone on GnRH-induced FSH release was significantly reduced by the treatment of progesterone antagonist, RU 486. The treatment with progesterone antagonist, RU 486 also abolished progesterone-induced FSH B subunit mRNA biosynthesis. CONCLUSION: From these results, it is, therefore, concluded that estradiol does not seem to be a major regulator for FSH synthesis but progesterone may exert its action at the pituitary level for the synthesis and release of FSH.
Key Words: GnRH, Estrogen, Progesterone, FSH, RU486

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