When kidney cells are cultured directly from the rabbit, the nuclear membranes undergo a change that can be measured as an increase in electrophoretic mobility. The change appears to begin immediately upon culture and is maximal 2 hours later, after which the mobility remains constant at the elevated level. Actinomycin D and p-fluorophenylalanine, but not EDTA or ionizing radiation, suppress the increase in nuclear electrophoretic mobility. With synchronously growing L cells, no change was detected in nuclei from cells taken during various parts of the division cycle.

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