Nucleoli of cultured cells of the established lines KB and L were found to possess a distinctive fine structural organization. The major portion of the nucleolar volume was composed of compact, particulate material. Spheroidal fibrillar zones about 0.4 µ in diameter occurred within the particulate mass. These fibrillar zones had a central light area and a denser rim. Toyocamycin treatment, which sharply inhibited the appearance of newly synthesized RNA in the cytoplasm, caused the gradual disappearance of the fibrillar material from nucleoli. Actinomycin D treatment, which inhibited virtually all RNA synthesis, caused varying types of segregation of nucleolar components. The morphology of nucleoli of KB and L cells and the reorganization of these nucleoli in response to drugs appear to be different from those of nucleoli of freshly initiated Chinese hamster and mouse cell lines.

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