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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1989 Nov 15;164(3):1323-30.

Basic fibroblast-like growth factor is present in the conditioned medium of simian sarcoma virus transformed NRK cells.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge 02139.


The conditioned medium of Simian sarcoma virus (SSV)-transformed NRK cells contains at least two activities that down regulate the epidermal growth factor receptor. To identify these activities, we analyzed the medium for the presence of factors both related to and distinct from the v-sis oncogene product. Fractionation of the conditioned medium from SSV-transformed NRK cells by chromatography on heparin-Sepharose yielded two active fractions capable of inhibiting EGF binding. The first component, which eluted at 0.8 M NaCl, is able to induce autophosphorylation of the platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) receptor, is a mitogen for Swiss 3T3 cells and corresponds to the PDGF B chain product of the v-sis oncogene. The second component requires 2 M NaCl for elution, is mitogenic for Swiss 3T3 cells and inhibits high affinity EGF binding through a protein kinase C-independent pathway, all properties of basic FGF. These results suggest that the conditioned medium of v-sis-transformed cells contains at least two factors that can act in an autocrine capacity, one derived from v-sis and one corresponding to basic FGF.

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