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Experimental cell biology

The cell surface sulphydryl content of metastatic variants of B16 murine melanoma.


PMID 6852342

Abstract

The cell surface sulphydryl content of three metastatic variants of the B16 murine melanoma has been determined using isoelectric equilibrium techniques. The F1 variant, which has no ability for natural metastasis, and the F10 variant with moderate metastatic ability appeared to have no detectable surface thiol groups. The variant BL6, which shows a high degree of natural metastasis, possessed surface thiol groups. The variants were found to be heterogeneous in isoelectric distribution. Three subpopulations were identified based on isoelectric criteria. The size of the pI 5.0 subpopulation appeared to increase with metastatic ability. A proportion of this subpopulation, approximately 4% in the F10 and 10% in the BL6, was found to possess surface thiol groups. In the BL6 line, 10-20% of the pI 4.6 subpopulation possessed surface thiol groups. The surface negative charge density of the cell types showed no correlation with their natural metastatic ability.

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