Growth hormone-specific induction of the nuclear localization of porcine growth hormone receptor in porcine hepatocytes

H. N. Lan*, P. Hong, R. N. Li, A. S. Shan, X. Zheng

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The phenomenon of nuclear translocation of growth hormone receptor (GHR) in human, rat, and fish has been reported. To date, this phenomenon has not been described in a domestic animal (such as pig). In addition, the molecular mechanisms of GHR nuclear translocation have not been thoroughly elucidated. To this end, porcine hepatocytes were isolated and used as a cell model. We observed that porcine growth hormone (pGH) can induce porcine GHR's nuclear localization in porcine hepatocytes. Subsequently, the dynamics of pGH-induced pGHR's nuclear localization were analyzed and demonstrated that pGHR's nuclear localization occurs in a time-dependent manner. Next, we explored the mechanism of pGHR nuclear localization using different pGHR ligands, and we demonstrated that pGHR's nuclear translocation is GH(s)-dependent. We also observed that pGHR translocates into cell nuclei in a pGH dimerization-dependent fashion, whereas further experiments indicated that IMPα/β is involved in the nuclear translocation of the pGH-pGHR dimer. The pGH-pGHR dimer may form a pGH-GHR-JAK2 multiple complex in cell nuclei, which would suggest that similar to its function in the cell membrane, the nuclear-localized pGH-pGHR dimer might still have the ability to signal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-47
Number of pages9
JournalDomestic Animal Endocrinology
StatePublished - Oct 2017

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  • Growth hormone receptor
  • Nuclear translocation
  • Porcine growth hormone
  • Subcellular localization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Animals
  • Endocrinology
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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