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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1988 Feb 29;151(1):158-62.

Gelatinases of metastatic cell lines of murine colonic carcinoma as detected by substrate-gel electrophoresis.

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Pathophysiology Unit, Aichi Cancer Center Research Institute, Nagoya, Japan.


Gelatinases were detected in the conditioned medium of murine colonic carcinoma cells by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis using gels copolymerized with gelatin. Several gelatinase activities differing in molecular weight were detected but the major activities migrated with molecular weights of 60,000 and 95,000. The enzymes did not hydrolyze bovine serum albumin or casein, and required calcium for activity. All of the gelatinase activities were inhibited by EDTA, 1,10-phenanthroline and dithiothreitol but not by N-ethylmaleimide and phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride. The 95,000 dalton gelatinase was separated from the 60,000 dalton gelatinase by affinity chromatography on Ricinus communis agglutinin-agarose, and the former activity was markedly increased in highly metastatic cell lines as compared with its activity in poorly metastatic cell lines.

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