The receptor for 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin in the mouse hepatoma cell line Hepa 1c1c7. A comparison with the glucocorticoid receptor and the mouse and rat hepatic dioxin receptors.

S. Cuthill, L. Poellinger, J. A. Gustafsson

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Abstract

The molecular properties of the receptor for 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin in the mouse hepatoma cell line Hepa 1c1c7 were investigated. The receptor was found to represent a highly asymmetrical molecule with a sedimentation coefficient, s20,w, of approximately 8 S, a Stokes radius of 7-8 nm, and a calculated Mr approximately equal to 260,000-300,000. In comparison, the Hepa 1c1c7 glucocorticoid receptor in analogy to the glucocorticoid receptor in general as well as the C57BL/6 mouse and rat hepatic dioxin receptors are molecules with an s20,w value of 4-5 S, a Stokes radius of approximately 6 nm, and a calculated Mr approximately equal to 100,000. In the presence of 20 mM sodium molybdate, a large Mr approximately equal to 270,000-310,000 form of the Hepa 1c1c7 glucocorticoid receptor is stabilized which is hydrodynamically indistinguishable from the Mr approximately equal to 260,000-300,000 Hepa 1c1c7 dioxin receptor. Sodium molybdate does not have any effect on the molecular properties of the Hepa 1c1c7 dioxin receptor. In conclusion, the large form of dioxin receptor present in Hepa 1c1c7 mouse hepatoma cells in the absence of sodium molybdate is strikingly similar to molybdate-stabilized steroid hormone receptors as well as the molybdate-stabilized form of the dioxin receptor previously demonstrated in rat hepatic cytosol. Therefore, the Hepa 1c1c7 dioxin receptor might offer an interesting model for studies on the structure and function of Mr approximately equal to 300,000 forms of soluble receptors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3477-3481
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume262
Issue number8
StatePublished - Mar 15 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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