Stimulation by cAMP of erythropoietin secretion by an established human renal carcinoma cell line

J. B. Sherwood, E. R. Burns, D. Shouval

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We used our recently reported stable, transformed human renal carcinoma cell line as a model system to study the role of 3',5'-adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) in erythropoietin secretion. The erythropoietin produced by these cells is both biologically active and immunologically cross-reactive with purified native human hormone in our radioimmunoassay. Erythropoietin release by these renal carcinoma cells appears to be stimulated by cAMP as well as by the phosphodiesterase inhibitor 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine (MIX). The response to cAMP involves a rapid and enhanced release of hormone, which occurred within 30 minutes of exposure of the cells to the effector and continued for at least 4 hours. Intracellular erythropoietin was higher in the control cultures than in the cells treated with cAMP, suggesting that cAMP stimulates the release of a storage pool of hormone. The ability of cAMP and MIX to elicit the release of erythropoietin suggests that a cAMP-mediated mechanism is involved in the release of this hormone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1053-1057
Number of pages5
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1987


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Cell Biology

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