The expression of fibronectin, a cell surface-associated transformation-sensitive glycoprotein, was studied in hetero- and homokaryons of normal and SV40-transformed human fibroblasts. In immunofluorescence, fibroblast homokaryons had an intense surface-associated and intracelluar fibronectin fluorescence similar to that of normal fibroblasts. Transformed cells and their homokaryons had a minimal surface-associated and a weak intracellular fibronectin fluorescence. In heterokaryons formed between transformed and normal fibroblasts, the expression of fibronectin fell within 24 h to the level of the transformed cell homokaryons. The change was detectable already at 3 h after fusion and was gene-dose dependent. These results show that the transformed genotype determines fibronectin expression in the heterokaryons.
Fibronectin expression is determined by the genotype of the transformed parental cells in heterokaryons between normal and transformed fibroblasts.
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P Laurila, J Wartiovaara, S Stenman; Fibronectin expression is determined by the genotype of the transformed parental cells in heterokaryons between normal and transformed fibroblasts.. J Cell Biol 1 January 1979; 80 (1): 118–127. doi: https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.80.1.118
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