Drugs of the disulfonic stilbene class, which inhibit anion transport in the cell membrane in many cell types, have been found to inhibit anion transport and cell growth in Drosophila Kc cells. Cell variants selected by a stepwise selection protocol for the ability to grow in the presence of the disulfonic stilbenes are severalfold resistant to growth inhibition by the drugs. Both the resistant populations and a cloned cell line show dramatic overexpression of three polypeptides. The most highly overproduced protein is a 123-kDa plasma membrane protein which binds the reversible anion transport inhibitor, flufenamic acid, in a protection biotinylation experiment. The 123-kDa putative anion transport protein copurifies with, and immunologically cross-reacts with, two detergent-insoluble cytoskeleton proteins of 46- and 62-kDa molecular weight, which are each overexpressed more than 8-fold in the variants. Resistance to growth inhibition by the disulfonic stilbenes and amplified expression of the 123-, 62-, and 46-kDa proteins are simultaneously lost over a period of 30 weeks in the absence of selective conditions, suggesting that the function of the overproduced polypeptides is related to growth control in Drosophila cells.
|Number of pages
|Journal of Biological Chemistry
|Published - 1989
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology