The mechanism by which TGF-(b1) affects granulosa cell physiology as well as the modulation of TGF-(b1) activity by FSH are not understood. We tested the hypothesis that TGF-(b1) exerts its effects on granulosa cells via activation of protein kinase C (PKC). Immunoprecipitation of the MARCKS protein from 32P labeled rat granulosa cells was used to assay PKC activation. 20 minute treatment with TGF-(b1) (8 ng/ml), forskolin (30 μM), and TPA (200 nM) all caused an increase in MARCKS phosphorylation as quantified by densitometric scanning. FSH did not increase MARCKS phosphorylation above control levels while exposure of cells to both FSH and TGF-(b1) (10 ng/ml) decreased phosphorylation of the MARCKS protein to control levels. These data suggests that (1) TGF-(b1) signal transduction in rat granulosa cells may partially involve phosphorylation of the MARCKS protein; and, (2) in granulosa cells FSH can modulate TGF-(b1) induced MARCKS phosphorylation.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Research Communications in Chemical Pathology and Pharmacology|
|State||Published - 1992|