Loss of Organ Specific Characteristics of Hog Thyroid Cells During Growth in vitro

Bruce S. Rabin, Joseph H. Kite, Noel R. Rose

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Normal hog thyroid glands were treated with enzyme and the dispersed cells cultured in vitro. Radioactive iodide (I125) was added to the growth medium so that the duration of synthesis of thyroglobulin, MIT, DIT, T3, and T4 could be measured. Thyroglobulin production was measured by radio-immunoelectrophoresis and tanned cell hemagglutination inhibition tests. The iodinated amino acids were analyzed by hydrolyzing cell sonicates and separating the iodoamino-acids by thin-layer chromatography. Radioactivity of each amino acid was detected by direct counting in a well scintillation counter and by observation of a radioautograph prepared from a duplicate chromatography plate. Thyroglobulin was synthesized during the first 3 days of in vitro growth. Radioactively labeled T3 and T4 were detected during this same time period. The synthesis of MIT and DIT continued for at least 2 additional days. Serum albumin containing I125 was detected by radioimmunoelectrophoresis during the first 7 days of growth. Hog kidney cells when tested in an identical manner did not iodinate proteins or amino acids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)888-894
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1966

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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