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Neurochem Res. 2005 Mar;30(3):333-48.

Differentiation of neuroblastoma cell line N1E-115 involves several signaling cascades.

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Department of Pediatrics, Medical University of Vienna, Währinger Gürtel 18, A 1090, Vienna, Austria.


No systematic searches for differential expression of signaling proteins (SP) in undifferentiated vs. differentiated cell lineages were published and herein we used protein profiling for this purpose. The NIE-115 cell line was cultivated and an aliquot was differentiated with dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), that is known to lead to a neuronal phenotype. Cell lysates were prepared, run on two-dimensional gel electrophoresis followed by MALDI-TOF-TOF identification of proteins and maps of identified SPs were generated. Seven SPs were comparable, 27 SPs: GTP-binding/Ras-related proteins, kinases, growth factors, calcium binding proteins, phosphatase-related proteins were observed in differentiated NIE-115 cells and eight SPs of the groups mentioned above were observed in undifferentiated cells only. Switching-on/off of several individual SPs from different signaling cascades during the differentiation process is a key to understand mechanisms involved. The findings reported herein are challenging in vitro and in vivo studies to confirm a functional role for deranged SPs.

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