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Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2004 Jun;1022:244-9.

Extracellular nucleic acids in cultures of long-term cultivated eukaryotic cells.

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Institute of Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medicine, Siberian Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, 630090, Russia.


Investigation of the kinetics of nucleic acid release by HeLa (human cervical carcinoma cell line) and A431 (human squamous carcinoma cell line) cells is presented. The released DNA and RNA were shown to accumulate in culture medium and at the cell surface. A portion of cell surface bound RNA can be eluted with PBS/EDTA. Mild trypsin treatment is required for complete detachment of cell surface bound RNA and cell surface bound DNA. Electrophoretic analysis reveals characteristic patterns of cell-associated and free RNA and DNA molecules.

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