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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1985 Feb 28;127(1):296-302.

TCDD (2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin) causes increases in protein kinases particularly protein kinase C in the hepatic plasma membrane of the rat and the guinea pig.


To study the cause of TCDD-evoked changes in the functions of plasma membrane constituents TCDD's effects on protein kinase activities in the liver of rats and guinea pigs were investigated. TCDD was found to cause a sharp increase in both c-AMP independent and dependent protein kinase activities in plasma membrane preparations from rat liver within 48 hours from the time of administration. Such effects reached maxima around day 20, and were quite noticeable even 40 days after a single administration of TCDD. As a result of SDS-polyacrylamide gel-electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) analysis several substrate proteins for these increased protein kinases were observed. Among them are 170 K - 150 K bands, representing EGF receptor protein. TCDD was found to particularly stimulate protein kinase C which is known to influence many enzyme and receptor functions through protein phosphorylation. The possible significance of such an action of TCDD is discussed.

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