Stimulation of actin synthesis in phalloidin-treated cells. Evidence for autoregulatory control

A. S. Serpinskaya*, O. N. Denisenko, V. I. Gelfand, A. D. Bershadsky

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We used the technique of scrape loading to introduce phalloidin into mouse embryo fibroblasts in mass culture. Phalloidin almost completely destroyed actin microfilament bundles, but the amount of polymerized cytoskeleton-associated actin was increased approximately two-fold and the amount of monomeric (Triton X-100 extractable) actin was significantly reduced. The major result of the present study is that the rate of actin synthesis in the phalloidin-treated cells was 2-3 times higher than in the control cells. Northern blot and translation in a cell-free system from rabbit reticulocytes showed that the actin mRNA level significantly increased as a result of phalloidin treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-14
Number of pages4
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Dec 17 1990


  • Actin synthesis
  • Feedback control
  • Mouse fibroblast
  • Phalloidin
  • Scrape loading

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology


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