Bursal anti-steroidogenic peptide (BASP): modulation of mitogen-stimulated bursal-lymphocyte DNA synthesis. Academic Article uri icon


  • The present study examined the effects of bursal anti-steroidogenic peptide (BASP) on mitogen-induced DNA synthesis in bursa-derived B-lymphocytes in short-term culture. Partially purified extracts of chicken bursa of Fabricius tissue, containing BASP, significantly (P < 0.05) reduced DNA synthesis in bursal-lymphocytes exposed to increasing concentrations of phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate (PDB). Following these initial observations, BASP, further purified from bursal extracts using sequential rpHPLC fractionation, was observed to reduce (P < 0.05) both B-lymphocyte PDB-stimulated DNA synthesis and ovarian granulosa cell progesterone biosynthesis with bioactivity observed at similar retention times in each assay, suggesting that each bioactivity may be due to the same or similar molecules. A similar BASP-enriched fraction was not effective in altering basal levels of DNA synthesis in chick embryonic kidney cells. Subsequently, BASP was further purified by several sequential chromatographic methods including: C-18 rpHPLC (preparative rpHPLC followed by a semi-preparative rpHPLC column), cation exchange chromatography, molecular sieve HPLC chromatography, and SDS-PAGE. Biologically active material was observed at approximately 29 or 34 kDa. Protein concentration was determined and bioactivity was evaluated. Anti-proliferative effects of this partially purified BASP on bursal-lymphocytes was observed at concentrations as low as 1.6 micrograms ml-1, with complete suppression of mitogen-stimulated DNA synthesis observed at approximately 25 micrograms ml-1. This partially purified BASP was also efficacious for attenuation of ovarian granulosa cell progesterone biosynthesis at concentrations as low as 0.4 microgram ml-1, with complete suppression of gonadotrophin-stimulated progesterone biosynthesis observed at approximately 0.8 microgram ml-1. While BASP is efficacious for attenuation of both granulosa cell steroidogenesis and bursal-lymphocyte proliferation, these data suggest that BASP is much more potent with regard to anti-steroidogenic activity.

published proceedings

  • Comp Biochem Physiol A Mol Integr Physiol

author list (cited authors)

  • Caldwell, D. J., Dean, C. E., McElroy, A. P., Caldwell, D. Y., & Hargis, B. M.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Caldwell, DJ||Dean, CE||McElroy, AP||Caldwell, DY||Hargis, BM

publication date

  • January 1999