Doris Cassio

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We have evaluated the utility of the hepatoma-derived hybrid cell line, WIF-B, for in vitro studies of polarized hepatocyte functions. The majority (> 70%) of cells in confluent culture formed closed spaces with adjacent cells. These bile canalicular-like spaces (BC) accumulated fluorescein, a property of bile canaliculi in vivo. By indirect(More)
Studies of hepatocyte polarity, an important property of liver epithelial cells, have been hampered by the lack of valid in vitro models. We report here that a new polarized hepatoma-derived hybrid cell line, called WIF-B, has improved characteristics to those of its parent, WIF12-1. This latter line originated from the fusion of non-polarized rat hepatoma(More)
By immunofluorescence and freeze fracture methods, we have studied the establishment of hepatic cell polarity in WIF-B9 cells, a subclone of the WIF-B rat hepatoma-derived hybrid cell line. As previously shown (Ihrke et al. (1993) J. Cell Biol. 123, 1761-1775; Shanks et al. (1994) J. Cell Sci. 107, 813-825), these cells are a suitable model for in vitro(More)
The subcellular localization of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (InsP3)-induced Ca2+ signals is important for the activation of many physiological functions. In epithelial cells the spatial distribution of InsP3 receptor is restricted to specific areas, but little is known about the relationship between the receptor's distribution and cell polarity. To(More)
The correct functioning of the liver is ensured by the setting and the maintenance of hepatocyte polarity. The complex polarity of the hepatocyte is characterized by the existence of several basolateral and apical poles per cell. Many in vitro models are available for studying hepatocyte polarity, but which are the more suitable? To answer this question, we(More)
We found that the magnesium salt of ilimaquinone, named 201-F, specifically disassembled dynamically unstable microtubules in fibroblasts and various epithelial cell lines. Unlike classical tubulin- interacting drugs such as nocodazole or colchicine which affect all classes of microtubules, 201-F did not depolymerize stable microtubules. In WIF-B-polarized(More)
A large number of hepatoma cell lines has been used to study expression and regulation of liver-specific function. However these cells, even the most differentiated, are morphologically far from hepatocytes. In no case is the typical hepatocyte cell polarity well maintained. Cell hybridization has been used as a potential means for turning on specific(More)
Rat hepatoma-human fibroblast hybrids of two independent lineages containing only 8-11 human chromosomes show pleiotropic extinction of thirteen out of fifteen hepatic functions examined. Reexpression of the entire group of functions most often occurs in a block, and except for one discordant subclone, correlates with loss of human chromosome 2. The(More)
In vivo, proteins of the hepatocyte plasma membrane are asymmetrically distributed, making it possible to distinguish a sinusoidal, a lateral and a canalicular domain. The conditions that determine hepatocyte plasma membrane polarity have been investigated in vitro, using three monoclonal antibodies directed against integral membrane proteins, which were(More)
We have measured methylation of the albumin gene in clones of rat hepatoma cells that vary quantitatively in their rates of synthesis of albumin and in variant and hybrid cells that produce no albumin. Although the albumin gene is undermethylated for its entire length in rat liver, only the 5' end is ever undermethylated in hepatoma cells. Moreover,(More)