The insulin-receptor binding activity and insulin-stimulated growth response of PC13 clone 5 cells were investigated for both the embryo carcinoma (EC) and retinoic acid-induced differentiated derivatives of this cell line. Whereas the EC cell was found to have very few, if any, receptors and showed no demonstrable dependence on insulin for growth, the differentiated derivative cell expressed a large number of insulin receptors and, when challenged with the hormone, showed stimulation of both DNA synthesis and cell division. The same data were obtained for five independent PC13 clones. These results, coupled with previous observations, lend weight to the suggestion that the appearance of specific receptors for growth regulatory substances may be a manifestation of a general change in growth-regulatory mechanisms accompanying EC cell differentiation and loss of malignancy.

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