Selective deficiency of guanine nucleotide-binding protein go in two dopamine-resistant pituitary tumors

Robert Collu, Claudia Bouvier, Ginette Lagace, Cecilia G. Unson, Graeme Milligan, Paul Goldsmith, Allen M. Spiegel

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G proteins were quantitated by immunoblot in normal rat anterior pituitary, an estrone-induced pituitary adenoma, and in two transplantable pituitary tumors resistant to dopamine, 7315a and MtTW15. Antisera specific for the αo and β subunits or the αi subunit of G proteins were tested with all preparations. While the α and β subunits were found to be present in variable concentrations in all preparations, the αo subunit was very low or undetectable in the transplantable tumors. These findings suggest that tumor resistance to the dopamine inhibitory actions on prolactin release and on tumor growth may be due to the deficiency of a Go protein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1176-1178
Number of pages3
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 1988
Externally publishedYes


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  • Endocrinology

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