Identification of albumin-synthesizing polysomes from mouse liver and a mouse hepatoma cell line

Peter C. Brown, John Papaconstantinou

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Albumin-synthesizing polysomes from mouse liver and mouse hepatoma cells in in tissue culture have been localized on sucrose gradients with 125I-labeled antimouse serum albumin used as a marker. Competition studies show that the 125I-labeled antibody binds specifically to albumin-synthesizing polysomes from both tissues. The 125I-labeled polysomes from liver and hepatoma cells have identical sedimentation properties on sucrose gradients, which indicates that the polysomes range in size from 9-14 ribosomes. This is comparable in size to polysomes from rat liver and Morris hepatoma. One significant difference between these albumin-synthesizing polysomes is that those extracted from hepatoma cells bind 70% less antibody than equivalent amounts of polysomes from liver cells. Since the level of albumin synthesis in the hepatoma cells is comparable to the level of albumin synthesis in vivo, this difference in antibody-binding capacity is not likely to be due to differences in polysomal content, but appears to be a characteristic difference between hepatoma and normal mouse liver cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-128
Number of pages8
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 9 1977
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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