The turnover of phosphatidylinositol (PI) is believed to constitute a crucial step in the signaling pathways for stimulation of cells by a variety of bioactive substances, including differentiating agents; however decisive evidence for the idea has not been obtained. In the present paper, we investigated the involvement of PI turnover in cell differentiation using a human neuroblastoma cell line, LAN-1, which can be induced to differentiate along the neuronal pathway by both retinoic acid (RA) and γ-interferon (γ-IFN). Analysis of labelled phosphatidylinositol metabolises from prelabelled cells indicated a rapid decrease of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate and 1,2-diacylglycerol within 1 min of induction of LAN-1 cell dilfferentiation by RA, while no changes were observed in γ-IFN-treated cells. These findings indicate the occurrence of decreased inositol phospholipid turnover in RA-treated LAN-1 cells and suggest that phosphoinositide-derived metabolises may not constitute general regulators of cellular differentiation.
- Phosphatidylinositol turnover
- Retinoic acid
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology