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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.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
3801474
DOI:
10.1016/0005-2736(87)90192-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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