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Fatty acid modulation of antiestrogen action and antiestrogen-binding protein in cultured lymphoid cells

  • Y. K. Hoh
  • E. H. Lim
  • S. O. Ooi
  • O. L. Kon
Research Articles


Nonsteroidal antiestrogens reversibly and specifically inhibited the proliferation of two estrogen receptornegative lymphoid cell lines (EL4 and Raji) in a dose-dependent manner. [3H]Thymidine incorporation of concanavalin A-stimulated primary splenocytes was also inhibited by 10−6 M clomiphene (1-[4-(2-diethylaminoethoxy)phenyl]-1,2-diphenyl-2-chloroethylene). The antiproliferative effect could be prevented by the simultaneous presence in the growth medium of 10−5 M linoleic acid or 10−5 M arachidonic acid but not by 10−6 M estradiol. Both lymphoid cell lines had high affinity antiestrogen-binding sites whose affinity could be altered by conditions of growth. Growth of EL4 cells in RPMI 1640 medium supplemented with charcoal-pretreated 5% fetal calf serum (charcoal-stripped medium) resulted in significantly higher affinity (Kd 0.54 nM±0.11 nM; n=6) than growth in medium supplemented with untreated serum (complete medium) (Kd=1.68 nM±0.48 nM; n=6) (p<0.001). This change in affinity was partly due to removal of fatty acids from the growth medium by charcoal pretreatment, since addition of 10−5 M linoleic acid or 10−5 M gamma-linolenic to charcoal-stripped medium decreased the affinity of the antiestrogen-binding protein. In contrast, growth in 10−5 M stearic acid or 10−5 M oleic acid did not significantly alter the affinity of the antiestrogen-binding protein, whereas 10−5 M palmitic acid significantly increased its affinity. The same fatty acids were also tested for their intrinsic effects on EL4 cell proliferation. Oleic, linoleic and gamma-linolenic acids were growth stimulatory while stearic and palmitic acids were not. Thus linoleic and gamma-linolenic acids whose presence in the growth medium was associated with decreased affinity of [3H]tamoxifen (1-[4-(2-dimethylaminoethoxy)phenyl]-1,2-diphenylbut-1(Z)-ene) binding to the intracellular antiestrogen-binding protein were also growth stimulatory. Unsaturated fatty acids have previously been shown to inhibit binding of [3H]tamoxifen to the antiestrogen-binding protein in a cell-free system. The present observations demonstrate that unsaturated fatty acids also modify the affinity of the antiestrogen-binding protein in intact cells.

Key words

Antiestrogens antiestrogen-binding protein cell proliferation fatty acids lymphocytes estrogen receptor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. K. Hoh
    • 1
  • E. H. Lim
    • 1
  • S. O. Ooi
    • 1
  • O. L. Kon
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryNational University of SingaporeSingaporeRepublic of Singapore

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