Expression of somatostatin receptor subtype 2 mRNA in human lymphoid cells

Published on Monday, 02 March 2015


We analyzed the mRNA expression of somatostatin receptor subtypes 1 to 5 (SSTR1-5) in human lymphoid cell lines, human peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL), and human lymphatic leukemia cells, using the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction method.

In human lymphoid cell lines, SSTR2 mRNA expression was clearly detectable, and there was no evidence of SSTR1 mRNA expression. SSTR2 mRNA was barely detectable in PBL from healthy individuals but was clearly detectable in EB virus-transformed lymphocytes. Lymphocytes from some of the leukemic patients showed elevated SSTR2 mRNA expression.

SSTR2 mRNA expression in PBL was upregulated upon stimulation by PHA.

SSTR3 mRNA was also observed in all the cell lines examined, although in one cell line, the expression was weak.

Some cell lines showed little or no SSTR4 or 5 mRNA expression.

The expression pattern of SSTR2 mRNA suggests that this receptor may have some important roles in lymphocyte activation, development, and/or tumorgenesis.



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