Recycling of tumor necrosis factor-α receptor in MCF-7 cells

S. Vuk-Pavlovic, J. S. Kovach

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Kinetics of regulation of membrane receptors for tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF) in human breast adenocarcinoma MCF-7 cells was investigated. When MCF-7 cells were incubated with radioiodinated human recombinant TNF, they bound TNF specifically and accumulated it intracellularly. Preincubation of cells with native TNF up to 1 x 10-9 M for 12 h stimulated specific binding of TNF, indicating that concentrations of membrane receptors for TNF were regulated by the ligand. Accumulation of radioactivity in cells incubated with [125I]TNF proceeded at a constant rate for up to 24 h. Kinetics of binding and internalization of TNF were similar in the presence and absence of protein synthesis for at least 1 h, suggesting that the TNF receptor was either replenished from an intracellular pool of receptors or was recycled (reutilized) during the course of TNF internalization. Data were analyzed kinetically by fitting equations of compartmental models of ligand-cell interactions with and without the term for receptor-recycling. Fits were obtained only for the model with receptor recycling; absence of the term for receptor recycling resulted in physically impossible best-fit parameter values. Analysis of the best-fit parameters indicated that both internalization and recycling of the receptor were stimulated by the ligand.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2633-2640
Number of pages8
JournalFASEB Journal
Issue number14
StatePublished - 1989


  • MCF-7 cells
  • compartmental modeling
  • receptor recycling
  • tumor necrosis factor-α receptors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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