The correlation between malignant transformation and increased plasminogen activator synthesis has been studied in a variety of established cell lines. In contrast to the behavior of secondary mouse embryo cultures, which always show increased fibrinolytic activity when transformed, no such correlation was found within the BALB/c 3T3 line and its transformed derivatives. Cell lines were established from tumors initiated in BALB/c mice by several transformed cell lines. These lines were generally found to contain no more plasminogen activator than the cells used for inoculation. A correlation was found between transformation and plasminogen activator synthesis within Swiss 3T3 cell lines. However, the correlation was not maintained by serum revertants of transformed Swiss 3T3 cells.

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