Induction of the synthesis of a specific protein in rat submandibular gland by isoproterenol

T. Barka, C. Yagil, H. Van Der Noen, Y. Naito

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

26 Scopus citations


Prolonged treatment of rats with the β-adrenergic agonist, isoproterenol (IPR), produces hypertrophy and hyperplasia of the parotid and submandibular glands. The drug induces the synthesis of several secretory proteins that are absent or occur at very low concentrations in the gland or saliva of the untreated rat. We have measured the relative concentrations of one of these proteins (termed 'large mobile' (LM) protein), by using a solid phase enzyme-linked immunoabsorption assay. LM protein was not measurable in gland extracts of 20-day-old fetuses or 2-day-old rats. Its concentration was very low in the glands of 6- and 13-day-old and adult rats. Administration of IPR for 4 to 7 days to adult or 6-day-old rats increased the levels of the LM protein by 20 to 25-fold. The LM protein was localized immunocytochemically primarily in the acinar cells in the glands of control and IPR-treated adult rats. In vitro translation studies using a mRNA-dependent reticulocyte lysate system and labeling with [35S]methionine showed: (1) little synthesis of pro-LM from poly(A+) RNA from glands of adult rats and none from 13-day-old animals, and (2) that, in comparison, poly(A+) RNA from glands of adult or 13-day-old IPR-treated rats directed the synthesis of a much greater concentration of pro-LM. The in vitro precursor of the LM protein migrated electrophoretically as a single band in anti-LM immunoprecipitates, and had a molecular weight of 14,000. The LM protein, which appears to be a single, unique polypeptide induced by IPR in the submandibular glands of developing and adult rats, will be useful in studies examining the effects of catecholamine β-agonists on gene expression in an exocrine cell.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-171
Number of pages7
JournalLaboratory Investigation
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


Dive into the research topics of 'Induction of the synthesis of a specific protein in rat submandibular gland by isoproterenol'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this