Inhibitory Effect of Thyroid Hormone on Protein Synthesis by Fetal Rat Neurons in Primary Culture

  • Franco Sanchez-Franco
  • M. Teresa de los Frailes
  • Lucinda Cacicedo


The effect of thyroid hormones on protein synthesis by fetal cortical cells in primary culture was studied by assessing (3H)-phenylalanine incorporation into trichloroacetic acid precipitable proteins. 48 h incubation with thyroid hormones, concentrations between 10−12 M and 10−7 M, produced a dose-dependent inhibition of protein synthesis. The time course study showed that T4 effect needed a longer period than T3 to achieve a significant inhibition of labeled amino acid incorporation into proteins. 48 h incubation of the cells with T3 (10−7 M) plus Actinomycin-D (5 μg/ml) resulted in a significant potentiation of T3 inhibitory effect. These results indicate that thyroid hormones inhibit total protein synthesis in fetal rat neurons.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Franco Sanchez-Franco
    • 1
  • M. Teresa de los Frailes
    • 1
  • Lucinda Cacicedo
    • 1
  1. 1.Endocrine UnitRamon y Cajal HospitalMadridSpain

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