Growth hormone and lactogenic hormones can reduce the leptin mRNA expression in bovine mammary epithelial cells

Shinichi Yonekura, Kazuhito Sakamoto, Tokushi Komatsu, Akihiko Hagino, Kazuo Katoh, Yoshiaki Obara

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Leptin mRNA is expressed in not only adipocytes but also mammary epithelial cells and leptin protein is present in milk. Although milk leptin is thought to influence metabolism or the immune system in neonates, there is little information about the regulation of leptin expression in mammary epithelial cells. We examined the effect of growth hormone (GH) and/or lactogenic hormone complex (DIP; dexamethasone, insulin and prolactin) on leptin mRNA expression in mammary epithelial cells. We used a bovine mammary epithelial cell (BMEC) clonal line, which was established from a 26-day pregnant Holstein heifer. We confirmed that the mRNA was expressed in BMECs and the expression was significantly reduced by GH and/or DIP, when the cells were cultured on both plastic plates and cell culture inserts at days 2 and 7 after stimulation with lactogenic hormones. GH and/or DIP significantly increased level of α-casein mRNA in BMECs after 7 days on the cell culture inserts, but no mRNA expression was detected at day 2. GH and DIP significantly stimulated the secretion of α-casein from BMEC on cell culture inserts at 3.5 and 7 days. However, neither α-casein mRNA expression nor secretion was observed in the BMECs cultured on plastic dishes, even in the presence of GH or/and DIP. These results indicate that GH and DIP can directly reduce leptin mRNA expression in both undifferentiated and functionally differentiated bovine mammary epithelial cell.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-96
Number of pages9
JournalDomestic Animal Endocrinology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2006


  • Bovine mammary epithelial cell
  • Differentiation
  • GH
  • Lactogenic hormone
  • Leptin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Animals
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Endocrinology


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