Structure-function relationships for full-length recombinant parathyroid hormone-related peptide and its amino-terminal fragments: effects on cytosolic calcium ion mobilization and adenylate cyclase activation in rat osteoblast-like cells.

Research paper by H J HJ Donahue, M J MJ Fryer, H H Heath

Indexed on: 01 Mar '90Published on: 01 Mar '90Published in: Endocrinology


PTH-related peptide (PTHrP) may be a major cause of the humoral hypercalcemia of malignancy. The circulating form of PTHrP is unknown, but mRNA analysis of tumor tissue suggests that multiple forms of PTHrP may exist. Therefore, we examined the ability of the full 141-amino acid protein as well as 2 amino-terminal fragments, PTHrP-(1-34) and PTHrP-(1-74), to increase cytosolic calcium ion concentrations ([Ca2+]i; assessed by aequorin luminescence) and stimulate cAMP accumulation in osteoblast-like rat osteosarcoma cells (ROS 17/2.8). PTH and all PTH-related peptides examined increased [Ca2+]i and cAMP in a concentration-dependent manner. The [Ca2+]i response to PTHrP-(1-34) closely resembled that to rat PTH-(1-34); both peptides produced biphasic responses. However, the responses to the longer PTHrP fragments generally were not biphasic. There were no significant differences among the three PTHrP forms in increasing [Ca2+]i or stimulating cAMP accumulation, although PTHrP-(1-74) was consistently weaker than the other two PTHrP peptides. PTHrP-(1-34) was more potent than rPTH-(1-34), which, in turn, was more potent than human PTH-(1-34) in increasing [Ca2+]i. However, PTHrP-(1-34) was not consistently more potent than either human PTH-(1-34) or rat PTH-(1-34) in stimulating cAMP accumulation. The inhibitory PTH analog bovine PTH-(3-34) attenuated both cAMP and [Ca2+]i responses to PTHrP-(1-34), but bovine PTH-(7-34) only reduced the [Ca2+]i response. Our data are generally consistent with PTHrP's acting through the PTH receptor, but differences in the effects of inhibitory PTH analogs on PTH and PTHrP action suggest as yet unexplained complexities, such as the existence of a PTH/PTHrP receptor family.