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Re-expression of hepatic functions in mouse hepatoma X rat hepatoma hybrids.

Authors
  • Cassio, D
Type
Published Article
Journal
Differentiation; research in biological diversity
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1984
Volume
26
Issue
1
Pages
77–82
Identifiers
PMID: 6201410
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Neonatal hepatic functions are selectively extinguished in hybrids between mouse hepatoma cells, that express only fetal hepatic functions, and rat hepatoma cells expressing neonatal as well as fetal functions. A search for hybrid cells reexpressing these neonatal functions was undertaken to determine; (1) whether the selective extinction of neonatal functions is reversible and at what frequency, and (2) whether the re-expression of neonatal functions would be accompanied by modifications in the expression of fetal functions. The criterion used to obtain hybrids showing re-expression was glucose-free medium (G) where growth requires the presence of the extinguished gluconeogenic enzymes. Even though the parental cells are of the same histotype it proved difficult to obtain re-expression. Survivors in G- were obtained only from hybrids containing a greater than 1s complement of rat chromosomes; they reexpress not only gluconeogenic enzymes but also basal tyrosine aminotransferase activity, and the fetal hepatic function alpha-fetoprotein continues to be expressed in most of the clones. All survivors in G- display a significant loss of chromosomes and this loss concerns essentially mouse chromosomes.

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