Expression and activity of dehydroepiandrosterone sulfotransferase in human gastric mucosa

A. Tashiro, H. Sasano, T. Nishikawa, N. Yabuki, Y. Muramatsu, M. W.H. Coughtrie, H. Nagura, M. Hongo

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Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfotransferase (DHEA-ST) is a key enzyme in the formation of Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) and is thought to be involved in the conversion of various substances such as bile acids and cholesterol. The existence of DHEA-ST in the small intestine in addition to the adrenal gland and liver in adult humans was recently reported. As the sulfotransferases can act on toxic or potentially toxic substances to reduce their biological activity, we attempted to clarify the significance of DHEA-ST in gastrointestinal tract. We examined surgically resected human stomach for the presence of DHEA-ST and attempted to determine its possible biological significance. DHEA-ST activity ranged widely from 6 to 84 pmoles/mg protein/90 min in 7 cases. Immunoblotting revealed one single band of a 35-kDa protein corresponding to the moleculr weight of DHEA-ST. Both DHEA-ST immunoreactivity and mRNA hybridization signals were localized in parietal cells of the gastric glands. The results of our present study demonstrated that the sulfation of DHEA by DHEA-ST occurs in the gastric glands. The localization of DHEA-ST in parietal cells suggests that this enzyme is correlated to mucosal function in the human stomach in addition to detoxification of exogenous substances. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-154
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Mar 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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