To examine the mechanism of induction of differentiation in the human malignant T-lymphoblastic cell line, MOLT-3, by 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA), the role of receptors for phorbol esters was investigated. Binding of [20-3H]-phorbol-12, 13-dibutyrate to TPA-resistant subclones derived from MOLT-3 was less than 50% of that of the parental MOLT-3. Scatchard analysis showed that the concentration of phorbol ester receptors in a TPA-resistant subclone was about 50% of that in the parental MOLT-3, but affinities of binding were similar, indicating that more than a certain number of phorbol ester receptors is required to induce differentiation by TPA in this human T cell line.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology