Jan 1, 1975

Expression of differentiated functions in hepatoma cell hybrids: IX extinction and reexpression of liver-specific enzymes in rat hepatoma-Chinese hamster fibroblast hybrids

Somatic Cell Genetics
M C WeissR Bertolotti


Most of the hybrid clones derived from a cross of Chinese hamster fibroblasts (DON) with rat hepatoma cells (Faza 967) showed preferential loss of rat chromosomes. Two of the hybrid clones retained the rat chromosomes, and both showed extinction of 4 liver-specific enzymes: aldolase B, liver alcohol dehydrogenase, and the inducible enzymes tyrosine aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase. Subcloning of 1 of these hybrids, which contained 2 sets of hepatoma chromosomes and 1 set of hamster chromosomes, permitted the isolation of some clones which reexpressed 1 or more of the liver-specific enzymes. Liver alcohol dehydrogenase was the most frequently reexpressed enzyme and aldolase B the least. Tyrosine aminotransferase inducibility was reexpressed independently of basal activity, and the enzyme produced by the reexpressing hybrid cells was precipitated by a specific antiserum. No correlation was detected between the presence or absence of the marker chromosomes (large metacentrics) of the hamster parent and the extinction and reexpression of the hepatic enzymes. The results reported confirm and extend to interspecific hybrids the observation of the stable and independent reexpression of tissue-specific enzymes.

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Aldolase B
Chinese Hamster
Chromosome Markers
Specimen Type - Fibroblasts
Alcohol Oxidoreductases
Enzymes, antithrombotic
Liver Carcinoma
Immune Sera
Tyrosine Aminotransferase

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