Isolated GH deficiency type II: knockdown of the harmful Delta3GH recovers wt-GH secretion in rat tumor pituitary cells

Lochmatter, Didier; Strom, Molly; Eblé, André; Petkovic, Vibor; Flück, Christa E; Bidlingmaier, Martin; Robinson, Iain C; Mullis, Primus E (2010). Isolated GH deficiency type II: knockdown of the harmful Delta3GH recovers wt-GH secretion in rat tumor pituitary cells. Endocrinology, 151(9), pp. 4400-9. Chevy Chase, Md.: Endocrine Society 10.1210/en.2010-0196

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Isolated GH deficiency type II (IGHD II) is the autosomal dominant form of GHD. In the majority of the cases, this disorder is due to specific GH-1 gene mutations that lead to mRNA missplicing and subsequent loss of exon 3 sequences. When misspliced RNA is translated, it produces a toxic 17.5-kDa GH (Delta3GH) isoform that reduces the accumulation and secretion of wild-type-GH. At present, patients suffering from this type of disease are treated with daily injections of recombinant human GH in order to maintain normal growth. However, this type of replacement therapy does not prevent toxic effects of the Delta3GH mutant on the pituitary gland, which can eventually lead to other hormonal deficiencies. We developed a strategy involving Delta3GH isoform knockdown mediated by expression of a microRNA-30-adapted short hairpin RNA (shRNA) specifically targeting the Delta3GH mRNA of human (shRNAmir-Delta3). Rat pituitary tumor GC cells expressing Delta3GH upon doxycycline induction were transduced with shRNAmir-Delta3 lentiviral vectors, which significantly reduced Delta3GH protein levels and improved human wild-type-GH secretion in comparison with a shRNAmir targeting a scrambled sequence. No toxicity due to shRNAmir expression could be observed in cell proliferation assays. Confocal microscopy strongly suggested that shRNAmir-Delta3 enabled the recovery of GH granule storage and secretory capacity. These viral vectors have shown their ability to stably integrate, express shRNAmir, and rescue IGHD II phenotype in rat pituitary tumor GC cells, a methodology that opens new perspectives for the development of gene therapy to treat IGHD patients.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Paediatric Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > BioMedical Research (DBMR) > Unit Childrens Hospital > Forschungsgruppe Endokrinologie / Diabetologie / Metabolik (Pädiatrie)

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Lochmatter, Didier, Eblé, Andrée, Petkovic, Vibor, Flück Pandey, Christa Emma, Mullis, Primus-Eugen




Endocrine Society




Anette van Dorland

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04 Oct 2013 14:13

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02 Mar 2023 23:20

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