Searchable abstracts of presentations at key conferences in endocrinology

ea0028p240 | Pituitary | SFEBES2012

Transcriptional regulation of prolactin in the rat oestrous cycle

Patist Amanda , Featherstone Karen , Spiller David , Semprini Sabrina , McNeilly Judith , McNeilly Alan , Mullins John , White Michael , Davis Julian

Circulating levels of prolactin are subject to acute and long-term regulation by many factors including oestrogen and dopamine. We have studied the regulation of prolactin promoter activity in living pituitary cells using transgenic Fischer rats in which reporter gene expression is regulated by the human prolactin gene locus (hPRL-d2EGFP). We have previously identified pulsatile prolactin transcription patterns in living lactotroph cells in fetal tissue, that became stabilised...

ea0034oc5.5 | Pituitary | SFEBES2014

Spatio-temporal analysis of prolactin gene transcription dynamics reveals short range co-ordination of lactotroph transcription activity in pituitary tissue

Featherstone Karen , Hey Kirsty , Momiji Hiroshi , McNamara Anne , Patist Amanda , Spiller David , Christian Helen , McNeilly Alan , Mullins John , Finkenstadt Barbel , Rand David , White Michael , Davis Julian

Mammalian genes display pulsatile transcription dynamics with bursts of expression occurring with variable duration and frequency. Using the human prolactin gene as a model of tissue specific gene regulation, we have characterised the transcription dynamics of this gene in cell lines, primary cells and pituitary tissue slices. Our data indicate that the tissue environment may have an important influence on cellular transcription activity. Cultures of cells from enzymatically d...