Growth hormone (GH) has many actions in vertebrates, including the regulation of two disparate metabolic processes: growth promotion (anabolic) and the mobilization of stored lipids (catabolic). Our previous studies showed that GH stimulated IGF-1 production in hepatocytes from fed rainbow trout, but in cells from fasted fish GH stimulated lipolysis. In this study, we used rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) to elucidate regulation of the mechanisms that enable cells to alter their lipolytic responsiveness to GH. In the first experiment, cells were removed from either fed or fasted fish, conditioned in medium containing serum (10%) from either fed or fasted fish, then challenged with GH. GH stimulated the expression of hormone sensitive lipase (HSL), the primary lipolytic enzyme, in cells from fasted fish conditioned with “fasted serum” but not in cells from fasted fish conditioned in “fed serum.” Pretreatment of cells from fed fish with “fasted serum” resulted in GH-stimulated HSL expression, whereas GH-stimulated HSL expression in cells from fasted fish was blocked by conditioning in “fed serum.” The nature of the conditioning serum governed the signaling pathways activated by GH irrespective of the nutritional state of the animals from which the cells were removed. When hepatocytes were pretreated with “fed serum,” GH activated JAK2, STAT5, Akt, and ERK pathways; when cells were pretreated with “fasted serum,” GH activated PKC and ERK. In the second study, we examined the direct effects of insulin (INS) and insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), two nutritionally-regulated hormones, on GH-stimulated lipolysis and signal transduction in isolated hepatocytes. GH only stimulated HSL mRNA expression in cells from fasted fish. Pretreatment with INS and/or IGF-1 abolished this lipolytic response to GH. INS and/or IGF-1 augmented GH activation of JAK2 and STAT5 in cells from fed and fasted fish. However, INS and/or IGF-1 eliminated the ability of GH to activate PKC and ERK from fasted cells. These results indicate that INS and IGF-1 determine the signaling pathways activated by GH and whether or not a lipolytic response ensues. Such hormone-receptor-signal pathway linkages provide insight into the molecular basis of GH multifunctionality and into how cellular responses to GH can be adjusted to meet physiological (e.g., nutritional), developmental, or other conditions.
- Insulin-like growth factor
- Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
- Sensitive lipase
- Signal transduction