The intermediate filament-lamina-nuclear matrix system of BHK-21 cells

D. I. Wu*, Z. H. Zhai

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We have employed collodial gold immuno-labelling in whole-mount cell and 2-D gel electrophoresis to demonstrate the intermediate filament (IF)-lamina-nuclear matrix (NM) system in BHK-21 (Baby Hamster Kidney) cells. Grown on grids, cells were gently extracted with salt solutions as previously described by S. Penman to preserve intact IF-lamina-NM systems. The extracted samples were fixed, postfixed, dehydrated and dried through the CO2 critical point, then examined under high voltage electron microscope (HVEM). The results revealed that the IF-lamina-NM system is a interconnecting network throughout the cell from cytoplasma to nuclear. The IF unit is 10 nm in diameter. IFs radiate away from the nuclear region into the spreading cytoplasm and the polarity of their distributing is obvious. The IF system closely connected to lamina. Immuno-gold labelling and 2-D gel proved that vimentin, a 55 KD protein (pI 5,6), is the major component of IFs in BHK-21 cells. Lamina can be precisely and specifically labelled with anti-lamin A, C proteins and as well as 2-D gel electrophoresis indicated that there are lamin A, B, C proteins in BHK-21 cells, whose molecular weights are 68 KD, 70 KD, 62 KD respectively. Its components are more complicated, but a few dots of NM proteins can be clearly distinguished in 2-D gel map, in which actin, a 45 KD protein (pI 4.5), might be involved. The nuclear matrix network was also clearly presented under HVEM. Its filaments can be labelled with anti-NM 298 KD protein precisely.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-81
Number of pages11
JournalShi yan sheng wu xue bao
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1990

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