Coordinated modulation of albumin synthesis and mRNA levels in cultured hepatoma cells by hydrocortisone and cyclic AMP analogs

P. C. Brown, J. Papaconstantinou

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The treatment of Hepa-2 cells, a permanent mouse hepatoma cell line, for 72 h with hydrocortisone (10-6 M) N6,O2-dibutyryl cyclic AMP (10-3 M), or 8-bromo cyclic AMP (10-3 M) results in a 2-, 3-, or 4-fold increase, respectively, in rates of synthesis and secretion of mouse serum albumin. Simultaneous treatment with hydrocortisone and N6,O2-dibutyryl cyclic AMP results in a 10-fold stimulation in these parameters, an effect that is significantly more than additive for the two compounds tested. The number of albumin mRNA sequences, determined by hybridization of total cell RNA to albumin complementary DNA, was increased in direct proportion to the increase in albumin synthesis in all experiments. The relative rate of albumin synthesis approaches in vivo levels in cells treated simultaneously with hydrocortisone and N6,O2-dibutyryl cyclic AMP. We propose that these factors may be necessary to maintain the maximal level of differentiated function in the continuous culture of Hepa-2 cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9379-9384
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number19
StatePublished - Dec 1 1979
Externally publishedYes


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  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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