Induction of stress proteins in murine and human melanoma cell cultures.

E. Mattei, A. Delpino, A. M. Mileo, U. Ferrini

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The induction of stress proteins was studied in two human and two murine melanoma cell lines. Exposure for 1 h to heat (42 degrees C), to ethanol (6%), to arsenate (100 microM) and to disulfiram (50 microM) induced the expression of SPs with apparent molecular weights of 100, 86, 70-72 and 24-26 Kd. Quantitation of the single SPs indicated that the basal level as well as the enhanced synthesis following the various stressors were different in each cell line. The induction of the 100 Kd species occurred in only one murine melanoma and not in the others. The 86 and in particular the 70-72 Kd species were the most prominent groups, whereas the 24-26 SPs were induced only following arsenate and disulfiram exposure in the three melanoma cell lines. In one of the murine melanomas, the expression of SPs was markedly reduced compared to the other cell lines. No definite specific patterns of SP expression could be identified in tumors of the same histologic type.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-134
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 30 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research


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