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Differentiation. 1988 Jun;38(1):28-34.

Control of myogenesis in the mouse myogenic C2 cell line by medium composition and by insulin: characterization of permissive and inducible C2 myoblasts.

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Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry, University of California, San Francisco 94143.


Using subcloning and manipulations of culture conditions we have isolated from the mouse myogenic cell line C2 a variant cell line that we named inducible. Unlike the progenitor cells that are referred to as permissive, inducible myoblasts differentiate poorly in Dulbecco modified Eagle medium plus fetal calf serum (FCS) and require the presence of insulin at a high concentration (1.6 10(-6) M) or insulin-like growth factor I (IGFI) at a lower concentration (2.5 10(-8) M) to differentiate. Permissive and inducible myoblasts fail to differentiate when grown in MCDB202 medium plus 20% FCS, even after a prolonged arrest in G1 phase. This shows that an arrest in G1 is in itself insufficient to trigger terminal differentiation. Both cell types also exhibit distinct patterns of accumulation of muscle mRNAs corresponding to sarcomeric actins and myosin light chain MLC1A. The possibility that these two cell lines might represent two different stages of the progression of myoblasts toward terminal differentiation is discussed.

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