Effects of sodium molybdate on the androgen receptor from the R3327 prostatic tumor

David R. Rowley, Ching H. Chang, Donald J. Tindall

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Abstract

The present study describes the effects of sodium molybdate on several physicochemical properties of the androgen receptor from the Dunning R3327 prostatic tumor. Molybdate was found to stabilize the steroid-binding activity of the receptor. Maximum binding activity was found with concentrations of 10 mM molybdate or greater. Density gradient and gel filtration analyses of the receptor revealed an 8.5-9.0S, 68Å form (mol wt, ~265,000-275,000) in either the presence or absence of molybdate (20 mM) when determined under low ionic conditions. Under high ionic conditions (400 mM KC1), the receptor was maintained in a similar form (8.5-9.0S; 72-73Å; mol wt, ~275,000-295,000) in the presence of molybdate; however, it disaggregated to a smaller 4.4S, 61 Å form (mol wt, ~120,000) in the absence of molybdate. Affinity labeling of the receptor with 17β-[(bromoacetyl)oxy]-[l,2,4,5)6,7,16)17-3H8]5α-androstan- 3-one showed a mol wt of 118,000 by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and fluorography. Molybdate inhibited the salt-induced transformation of the receptor to a DNA-binding state, but did not inhibit the DNA binding of the receptor transformed previously in the absence of molybdate. These studies suggest that sodium molybdate stabilizes the steroid-binding activity of the androgen receptor in an aggregated nontransformed state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1776-1783
Number of pages8
JournalEndocrinology
Volume114
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1984

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  • Endocrinology

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