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Animal Biotechnology
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 2010;23(5): 649-658.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.2010.90227    Published online April 22, 2010.
Effect of Sex Steroid Hormones on Bovine Myogenic Satellite Cell Proliferation, Differentiation and Lipid Accumulation in Myotube
E. J. Lee, P. Bajracharya, E. J. Jang, J. S. Chang, H. J. Lee, S. K. Hong, I. Choi
Myogenic satellite cells (MSCs) are adult stem cells that activate and differentiate into myotubes. These stem cells are multipotent as they transdifferentiate into adipocyte-like cells, nerve cells and osteocytes. The effects of steroid hormones (E2 and testosterone) were studied as a further step toward understanding the mechanism of MSCs proliferation and differentiation. In this study, MSCs were grown continuously for 87 days, implying that there may be a group of MSCs that continue to proliferate rather than undergoing differentiation. Isolated MSCs were cultured in Dulbecco’s Modified Eagle’s Medium supplemented with adult male, female or castrated bovine serum to observe the effect of steroid hormones on MSC proliferation. Cell proliferation was the highest in cultures supplemented with male serum followed by female and castrated serum. The positive effect of male hormone on MSC proliferation was confirmed by the observation of testosterone-mediated increased proliferation of cells cultured in medium supplemented with castrated serum. Furthermore, steroid hormone treatment of MSCs increased lipid accumulation in myotubes. Oil-Red-O staining showed that 17-estradiol (E2) treatment avidly increased lipid accumulation, followed by E2+testosterone and testosterone alone. To our knowledge, this is the first report of lipid accumulation in myotubes due to steroids in the absence of an adipogenic environment, and the effect of steroid hormones on cell proliferation using different types of adult bovine serum, a natural hormonal system. In conclusion, we found that sex steroids affect MSCs proliferation and differentiation, and lipid accumulation in myotubes.
Keywords: Myogenic Satellite Cells; Steroids; Serum; Stem Cells; Bovine

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