In vitro effects of tumor necrosis factor-α on human thyroid follicular cells

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Tumor necrosis factor-α is assumed to be an important mediator in thyroid autoimmunity. In the present study we have shown that human thyrocytes possess a single specific binding site for recombinant tumor necrosis factor-α with an average of 9,300 receptors/cell (Kd = 1.9 · 10−10 mol). The effects of the cytokine on thyroid cell proliferation were assessed by 3H-thymidine uptake as well as by the protein and DNA content of cell monolayers. Low dose tumor necrosis factor-α resulted in a moderate stimulation of cell proliferation with an increase of 3H-thymidine incorporation from 44,613±7,989 cpm under basal conditions to 63,326±6,822 cpm after 100 U/l tumor necrosis factor-α (p <0.01). Higher doses of the cytokine were less effective. On average, bTSH stimulated cAMP production of human thyrocytes was significantly augmented after preincubation with recombinant tumor necrosis factor-α. The maximum effect was observed after 1,000 U/l tumor necrosis factor-α (281.5±107.0 vs 114.5±33.6 fmol cAMP/μg protein under basal conditions; p<0.05), whereas higher doses of the cytokine were again less effective. This phenomenon could at least partly be explained by a cytokine-mediated downregulation of tumor necrosis factor-α binding. We conclude that in vitro tumor necrosis factor-α modulates in addition to its well known synergistic effect on interferon-γ induced HLA class II expression the function and proliferation of human thyroid follicular cells as well. These effects are mediated via specific cell surface receptors.


     European Society of Endocrinology

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