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Epidermal growth factor (EGF) binds to JEG-3 cells, a tissue culture line of human choriocarcinoma. EGF also stimulates secretion of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and to a lesser extent the secretion of free hCG-alpha.
A radioimmunometric antibody-binding assay was developed with the use of 125I-labeled protein A of Staphylococcus aureus (SpA) for the evaluation of xenoantisera to human melanoma-associated antigens. Antisera were produced in New Zealand male albino rabbits by the injection of cultured human melanoma cells or soluble, partially purified melanoma-associated antigens isolated from these cells. Xenoantisera were rendered operationally specific for melanoma-associated antigens by absorption with human red cells and cultured lymphoblasts. The methodologic parameters and the quantitative relationships among xenoantisera, cultured melanoma target cells, and 125I-labeled SpA and their effect on the measurement of xenoantibody binding were critically evaluated. Data indicated the usefulness of the radioimmunometric assay in monitoring the efficacy of absorption and in characterizing the specificity of xenoantisera to melanoma-associated antigens. The radioimmunometric binding assay when modified and used as a binding inhibition assay was effective in the assessment of the serologic activity of soluble melanoma-associated antigens and thus may be used to monitor the progress of antigen purification.
Alteration of growth of dimethylbenz[a]anthracene-induced mammary tumors was caused by removal of estrogen (ovariectomy), or insulin (diabetes), or by inhibition of prolactin secretin (treatment with an ergoline derivative). The levels of cyclic AMP (cAMP) and cGMP were measured in carcinomas classified as growing, static, and regressing. The amount of cAMP, expressed as pmoles/mg tumor weight or pmoles/mg protein, was lowest in growing tumors, intermediate in static tumors, and highest in those regressing. No correlation was seen between tumor growth and cGMP levels. Cyclophosphamide-induced tumor stasis did not elevate cAMP levels. The data suggest a role of cAMP in arrest of hormone-induced tumor growth.
Membrane glycoproteins have been studied in the normal lactating mammary gland and R3230 AC mammary tumor of the rat. Plasma membrane-enriched fractions were obtained from these tissues by discontinuous sucrose gradient centrifugation of a microsomal preparation from the tissue homogenates. The lightest membrane fractions (F-1 and F-2) have the greatest enrichment of plasma membrane markers, with a 14- to 20-fold purification of 5'-nucleotidase and Na+-K+ -adenosine triphosphatase over the homogenate values in both tumor and normal tissues for F-1. Electron microscopy shows smooth membrane vesicles for these fractions. Polypeptide analysis by acrylamide gel electrophoresis shows essentially the same patterns for F-1 and F-2 and only relatively minor differences between membrane components of tumor and normal tissues. Glycoprotein analysis of the polyacrylamide gels by periodate-Schiff staining indicates more dramatic differences. Membrane Fraction F-1 from normal tissue contains two major glycoproteins, GP-II and GP-III, while Fractions F-2 and F-3 contain an additional glycoprotein, GP-I, with a higher apparent molecular weight. In the tumor, the component corresponding to GP-III is decreased or absent and a new component GP-IV is seen at a lower apparent molecular weight.
Histone acetate is hydrolyzed rapidly in logarithmically dividing hepatoma tissue culture cells (Jackson, V., Shires, A., Chalkley, R. and Granner, D.K. (1975) J. Biol. Chem. 250, 4856--4863). The phenomenon has been analyzed further in hepatoma tissue culture cells at various stages of the cell cycle, in stationary phase, and in the presence of actinomycin D. We also investigated the phenomenon in Tetrahymena pyriformis macronuclei, bovine thymocytes, and human foreskin fibroblasts. The data suggest that this highly metabolically active histone acetylation while altered in mitotic cells, is independent of the overall rate of cell division, and is only slightly sensitive to actinomycin D. Finally, we conclude that the same general phenomenon is found in both cancerous and normal cells and is apparently common to cells from various stages of the evolutionary scale.
Chinese hamster ovary cells incubated with various concentrations of CO2, to obtain extracellular pH values in the range of 6.40-7.85, were heated at 45.5C for 5, 10, or 20 minutes. Thermal sensitivity increased sharply from pH 7.35 to 6.65 (i.e., survival decreased from 1 X 10(-2) to 3 X 10(-5) for 20 minutes of heating), but remained constant from pH 7.35 to 7.85. The enhanced thermal sensitivity at pH values below pth 7.35 suggested that tumors should be preferentially destroyed by heat relative to normal tissue, since reports indicated that tumors were more acidic than the surrounding normal tissue.