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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1987 Jan 26;896(2):311-7.

1,2-Dimethylhydrazine-induced alterations in colonic plasma membrane fluidity: restriction to the luminal region.


Recently, work in this laboratory has shown that changes in the 'dynamic' component of fluidity, lipid composition and phospholipid methylation activity of distal colonic brush-border membranes could be detected after administration of 1,2-dimethylhydrazine to rats of the Sherman strain for 5-15 weeks, i.e., before the development of colon cancer. The present experiments were therefore conducted to: determine whether similar 'premalignant' biochemical changes could be detected in basolateral membranes of Sherman rats treated with this agent; and clarify the relationship of these membrane changes to the malignant transformation process by examining the effect of 1,2-dimethylhydrazine on these biochemical parameters in colonic antipodal plasma membranes of rats of the Lobund-Wistar strain. This particular strain of rats has previously been shown to be total resistant to the induction of tumors by 1,2-dimethylhydrazine. The results of the present experiments demonstrate that similar biochemical alterations could not be detected in the colonic plasma membranes prepared from either strain of rat treated with 1,2-dimethylhydrazine. These data support the contention that the prior biochemical membrane alterations noted in brush-border membranes of 1,2-dimethylhydrazine-treated animals are, in fact, related to the malignant transformation process and, furthermore, are confined to the luminal surface of distal colonic epithelial cells.

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