Differential expression of myostatin and its receptor in the porcine anterior pituitary gland

Yoshikazu Taketa, Yasuhiro Nagai, Hideki Ogasawara, Shinichiro Hayashi, Masato Miyake, Sachi Tanaka, Kouichi Watanabe, Shyuichi Ohwada, Hisashi Aso, Takahiro Yamaguchi

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    Myostatin (MSTN), known as growth and differentiation factor 8 (GDF-8), is a member of the transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) superfamily that negatively regulates skeletal muscle mass. Myostatin binds with high affinity to the receptor serine threonine kinase activin receptor type IIB (ActRIIB). Activins that also belong to the TGF-β superfamily, stimulate follicle-stimulating hormone production in gonadotrophs and suppress growth hormone and adrenocorticotropic hormone production in somatotrophs and corticotrophs, respectively. The aim of the present paper was therefore to clarify the endocrine action of MSTN in adenohypophysis. The present study details the expression and cellular localization of MSTN and ActRIIB in porcine anterior pituitary gland. The mRNA of MSTN and ActRIIB was consistently expressed in RT-PCR. Immunohistochemistry of MSTN and specific hormones showed that MSTN localized in thyrotrophs and gonadotrophs, in which most of the MSTN immunoreactive cells were identified as thyrotrophs. The immunostaining of ActRIIB was restricted to corticotrophs. These results indicate that MSTN was mainly produced in thyrotrophs and its receptor, ActRIIB, was restrictively contained in corticotrophs. Interestingly, thyrotrophs immunoreactive for MSTN were frequently close to corticotrophs immunoreactive for ActRIIB. The present study suggests that MSTN from thyrotrophs may regulate corticotroph function as a paracrine mediator among the porcine anterior pituitary cells.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)382-390
    Number of pages9
    JournalAnimal Science Journal
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jun 1


    • Corticotroph
    • Myostatin
    • Myostatin receptor
    • Paracrine mediator
    • Thyrotroph

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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