Lipid characteristics of RSV-transformed Balb/c 3T3 cell lines with different spontaneous metastatic potentials

Lido Calorini, Anna Fallani, Donatella Tombaccini, Emanuela Barletta, Gabriele Mugnai, Maria F. Di Renzo, Paolo M. Comoglio, Salvatore Ruggieri

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To determine whether a metastatic phenotype may be corelated with a characteristic lipid pattern, we compared the lipid composition of low metastasizing Balb/c 3T3 cells transformed by the B77 strain of Rous sarcoma virus (B77-3T3 cells) with that of a subclone isolated by growth in 0.6% agar, the B77-AA6 cells, which exhibit a high capacity for spontaneous metastasis. B77-3T3 cells revealed characteristics in their lipid composition common to other systems of transformed cells, i.e., an accumulation of ether-linked lipids, a reduction of the more complex gangliosides, an increase of oleic acid (18:1) and a decrease of arachidonic (20:4) and C22 polyunsaturated fatty acids in phospholipids. High metastatic B77-AA6 cells showed: a) an even more marked decrease of complex gangliosides; b) a more pronounced increase of 18:1 and decrease of 20:4 and 22 polyunsaturated fatty acids in certain phospholipid classes; and c) a higher percentage of alkyl-acyl subfractions in both phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylethanolamine than B77-3T3 cells. Comparing the data for other systems of metastatic cells with those of lipid studies of spontaneously metastasizing B77-AA6 cell system leads us to conclude that the metastatic phenotype is characterized by a change in ether-linked lipids, rather than in fatty acids.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)685-690
Number of pages6
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Food Science


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