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...

ea0025p244 | Pituitary | SFEBES2011

BAC recombineering to understand the role of the alternative promoter in the regulation of prolactin expression

Awais Raheela , McNamara Anne , Harper Claire , Adamson Anthony , Spiller Dave , Semprini Sabrina , Mullins John , Davis Julian , White Michael R H

Alternative promoters control many genes including prolactin (PRL), which in man is expressed at extra-pituitary sites controlled by an alternative promoter located 5.8 Kbp upstream of the pituitary transcription start site. Previous studies using short promoter fragments may be misleading, as the human hPRL genomic locus has many conserved far-upstream regions. To study the function of the alternative promoter, we engineered a bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) expressing ...

ea0021p293 | Pituitary | SFEBES2009

Long-term unsynchronised transcriptional cycles in individual living pituitary cells

Harper Claire , Finkenstadt Barbel , Woodcock Dan , Friedrichsen Sonke , Semprini Sabrina , Spiller Dave , Mullins John , Rand David , Davis Julian , White Mike

Gene expression in living cells is dynamic and unstable, and fluctuations in transcription may be subject to stochastic regulation of processes including transcription factor and polymerase recruitment, and chromatin remodelling. One gene that has been shown to display dynamically variable transcription and marked heterogeneity between cells is prolactin (PRL). Time-lapse imaging of PRL-reporter gene expression in single rat pituitary GH3 cells revealed distinct long-term tran...

ea0021p298 | Pituitary | SFEBES2009

Onset of prolactin gene transcription in nascent pituitary lactotroph cells

Featherstone Karen , Harper Claire , McNamara Anne , Semprini Sabrina , Spiller David , McNeilly Alan , Mullins John , White Michael , Davis Julian

Pituitary development, in particular the differentiation of anterior pituitary endocrine cells, remains to be fully understood, and may have implications for adult pituitary plasticity and hyperplasia. We have used prolactin-reporter transgenic rats to characterise prolactin transcription during the appearance of newly formed lactotroph cells during fetal development.Transgenic rats with the firefly luciferase reporter gene inserted into exon 1b of a 160...

ea0021p299 | Pituitary | SFEBES2009

Immuno-modulatory role of prolactin in immune tissues driven by the alternative promoter

McNamara Anne , Awais Raheela , Semprini Sabrina , Harper Claire , Featherstone Karen , Spiller Dave , Davis Julian , Mullins John , White Mike

Prolactin (PRL) is a hormone mainly produced by the lactotroph cells of the anterior pituitary gland. Besides its pivotal role in reproduction, PRL has also been found to have immuno-modulatory properties. The pituitary is the main source of circulating PRL, however it is also expressed in humans at extra-pituitary sites1. In extra-pituitary tissues, PRL mRNA contains an extra exon (exon 1a), and expression is regulated by an alternative promoter upstream of the pit...

ea0021p25 | Bone | SFEBES2009

Extra-pituitary expression of the prolactin gene in the bone and cartilage of an hPRL-Luc transgenic rat model

Semprini Sabrina , McNeilly Judith R , Ramage Lindsay , Brownstein David G , Salter Donald M , McNeilly Alan , White Michael R H , Davis Julian R E , Mullins John J

Prolactin (PRL) is a peptide hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland and it is commonly known for its lactogenic and mammotrophic effects. In humans and primates, prolactin is also expressed in extra-pituitary sites where it is associated with numerous biological functions, but its spectrum of expression varies in different species.Hyperprolactinemia-induced osteoporosis is believed to be mediated by hypogonadism, but the expression of the prola...