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Cancer Res. 1994 May 15;54(10):2536-40.

Phosphoinositide signaling in nuclei of Friend cells: phospholipase C beta down-regulation is related to cell differentiation.

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  • 1Department of Morphology, University of Trieste, Italy.


Previous investigations have demonstrated the existence of an autonomous intranuclear inositide cycle endowed with conventional lipid kinases and phospholipase C (PLC) which is the isoform beta in Swiss 3T3 cells, PC12 pheochromocytoma cells, human osteosarcoma SaOS-2 cells, and rat liver. The presence of PLC has been investigated in nuclei of Friend erythroleukemia cells. Both beta and gamma isoforms are present in these nuclei. When Friend cells undergo terminal erythroid differentiation in the presence of dimethyl sulfoxide the PLC beta isoform is down-regulated as shown by immunochemical and immunocytochemical analysis, by determination of enzymatic activity directly and in the presence of neutralizing monoclonal antibodies and also by Northern blot for PLC beta message. By contrast, the amount of PLC gamma and its activity are unaffected by erythroid differentiation. Thus, the presence of a nuclear PLC beta, the activity and expression of which are modulated during differentiation of erythroleukemia cells, implicates a role for nuclear phosphoinositide signaling in the processes of cell determination and indicates the nuclear PLC beta as a key enzyme of the cycle in relation to the erythroid differentiative commitment of murine erythroleukemia cells.

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