Using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) technique, the levels of tumor necrosis factor receptors gene expression in C6 glioma cells upon induction with tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) were analysed. In control cells, the level of mRNA for tumor necrosis factor receptor type II (TNF-R2; 75/80 kDa) was much lower than that of tumor necrosis factor receptor type I (TNF-R1; 55/60 kDa). Upon exposure to TNF-α, the TNF-R2 mRNA level was greatly increased, while the TNF-R1 mRNA level remained unchanged even after 48 h. The induction of TNF-R2 gene expression by TNF-α was dose-dependent and seemed to be unique to TNF-α, as IL-6 had no effect. Since TNF-R2 was reported to mediate mitogenic effect in many other cell types, it is likely that the reported proliferative effect of TNF-α on astrocytes and C6 glioma cells was mediated by this TNF receptor subtype.
Scopus Subject Areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
- C6 glioma cells
- Gene expression
- Tumor necrosis factor receptors