Goliath, a ring-H2 mitochondrial protein, regulated by luteinizing hormone/human chorionic gonadotropin in rat leydig cells

Biol Reprod. 2004 Jan;70(1):204-13. doi: 10.1095/biolreprod.103.018820. Epub 2003 Sep 17.


We have cloned the rat homologue of the ring-H2 protein Goliath involved in Drosophila development. The rat Goliath mRNA (1.85 kb) was translated as a major ubiquitous protein species of 28-kDa and three larger isoforms (50, 46, and 36 kDa) expressed mainly in liver, lung, stomach, heart, and thymus and barely detectable in other tissues (kidney, skeletal muscle, brain, testis, intestine, and spleen). By immunohistochemistry on rat testis sections, we localized the protein in interstitial tissue and seminiferous tubules. In tubules, Goliath was expressed mainly in postmeiotic germ cells and to a much lesser extent in Sertoli cells. In the interstitium, Goliath was exclusively present in Leydig cells. Using a series of immunolabeling, cellular fractionation, and electron microscopy experiments, we established that Goliath is present in mitochondria of the R2C Leydig cell line. Using short-term hypophysectomized animals, we showed that Goliath is regulated by LH/hCG in Leydig cells but not in germ cells. This regulation in Leydig cells concerned only the 50-kDa isoform. This report is the first description of a differential regulation of the Goliath protein between germ cells and Leydig cells.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Chorionic Gonadotropin / metabolism*
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA, Complementary
  • Gene Expression Regulation / physiology
  • Hypophysectomy
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Leydig Cells / cytology
  • Leydig Cells / physiology*
  • Luteinizing Hormone / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Mitochondrial Proteins / genetics*
  • Mitochondrial Proteins / metabolism
  • RNA, Messenger / analysis
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Spermatids / cytology
  • Spermatids / physiology
  • Testis / cytology
  • Zinc Fingers / genetics


  • Chorionic Gonadotropin
  • DNA, Complementary
  • Mitochondrial Proteins
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Luteinizing Hormone