When non-proliferating 3T3-L1 fibroblasts were stimulated to differentiate into adipose cells, there was a dramatic increase in the intracellular level of the polyamine, spermidine. Addition of α-difluoromethylornithine, an inhibitor of polyamine biosynthesis, depleted the cellular polyamines and prevented triglyceride accumulation and differentiation. The inhibitory effect of α-difluoromethylorinithine was completely abolished by provision of spermidine or putrescine. This suggests that polyamines are needed in the processes of differentiation as well as their established requirement for cell growth.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 16 1981|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology