Neurosecretion competence, an independently regulated trait of the neurosecretory cell phenotype

Barbara Borgonovo, Gabriella Racchetti, Marialuisa Malosio, Roberta Benfante, Paola Podini, Patrizia Rosa, Jacopo Meldolesi

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Neurosecretion competence is intended as the ability of neurosecretory cells to express dense and clear vesicles discharged by regulated exocytosis (neurotransmitter release). Such a property, which so far has never been studied independently, is investigated here by a heterotypic cell fusion approach, using a clone of rat pheochromocytoma PC12 cells totally incompetent for neurosecretion that still largely maintains its typical molecular and cellular phenotype. When fused with wild-type partners of various species (rat, human) and specialization (PC12, neuroblastoma SH- SY5Y, HeLa), the defective cells reacquire their competence as revealed by the expression of their secretion-specific proteins. Fused wild-type cells therefore appear able to complement defective cells by providing them with factor(s) inducing the reactivation of their secretory program. The mechanism of action of these factors may consist not in a coordinate unblocking of transcription but in the prevention of a rapid post-transcriptional degradation of the mRNAs for secretion-specific genes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34683-34686
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume273
Issue number52
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 25 1998

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Neurosecretion
Mental Competency
Rats
Phenotype
Transcription
Neurotransmitter Agents
Aptitude
Fusion reactions
Cell Fusion
Genes
PC12 Cells
RNA Stability
Exocytosis
Pheochromocytoma
Neuroblastoma
HeLa Cells
Degradation
Messenger RNA
Clone Cells
Proteins

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Neurosecretion competence, an independently regulated trait of the neurosecretory cell phenotype. / Borgonovo, Barbara; Racchetti, Gabriella; Malosio, Marialuisa; Benfante, Roberta; Podini, Paola; Rosa, Patrizia; Meldolesi, Jacopo.

In: Journal of Biological Chemistry, Vol. 273, No. 52, 25.12.1998, p. 34683-34686.

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Borgonovo, B, Racchetti, G, Malosio, M, Benfante, R, Podini, P, Rosa, P & Meldolesi, J 1998, 'Neurosecretion competence, an independently regulated trait of the neurosecretory cell phenotype', Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol. 273, no. 52, pp. 34683-34686. https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.273.52.34683
Borgonovo, Barbara ; Racchetti, Gabriella ; Malosio, Marialuisa ; Benfante, Roberta ; Podini, Paola ; Rosa, Patrizia ; Meldolesi, Jacopo. / Neurosecretion competence, an independently regulated trait of the neurosecretory cell phenotype. In: Journal of Biological Chemistry. 1998 ; Vol. 273, No. 52. pp. 34683-34686.
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