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Identification and characterization of nuclear retinoic acid-binding activity in human myeloblastic leukemia HL-60 cells.

Specific [3H]retinoic acid (RA)-binding sites in nuclear and cytosolic extracts prepared from human myeloblastic leukemia HL-60 cells have been detected by sucrose density gradient sedimentation and size-exclusion high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analyses. This RA-binding activity migrated as a single peak with an apparent molecular weight of 50,000 and greater than 95% of the total binding activity was associated with the nuclear extract. Nuclear extracts prepared from COS-1 cells transfected with an expression vector for the nuclear RA receptors RAR alpha or RAR beta were enriched (20- to 100-fold) with a RA- binding activity that coeluted by size-exclusion HPLC with the putative RAR from HL-60 cells. The HL-60 nuclear receptor exhibited high-affinity binding of RA and its benzoic acid analogs Ch55, Ch30, Ro 13-7410, and SRI 6409-40 and low-affinity binding of retinol, Ro 8-8717, and SRI 5442-60, correlating well with the biological activity of these compounds in HL-60 cells. Saturation binding and Scatchard plot analyses of the binding of RA to the nuclear HL-60 receptor yielded an apparent dissociation constant of approximately 0.46 nM and 1400 +/- 100 receptor sites per cell. Northern blot analyses of poly(A)+ RNA with cDNA probes specific for RAR alpha and RAR beta indicated that HL-60 cells contain predominantly transcripts encoded by the RAR alpha gene. Our results suggest that the observed nuclear RA-binding activity in HL-60 cells might mediate the action of RA in these cells.[1]


  1. Identification and characterization of nuclear retinoic acid-binding activity in human myeloblastic leukemia HL-60 cells. Nervi, C., Grippo, J.F., Sherman, M.I., George, M.D., Jetten, A.M. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (1989) [Pubmed]
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