The effect of 5-bromo-2′-deoxyuridine (BrdUrd) and dibutyryl cyclic AMP (Bt2cAMP) on the expression of the placental isoenzyme of human alkaline phosphatase was examined in BeWo choriocarcinoma cells. By using a combination of specific immunoprecipitation and polyacrylamide-gel electrophoresis of cells labelled either metabolically with [35S]methionine or cell-surface-labelled with 125I, both BrdUrd (5 micrograms/ml) and 1 mM-Bt2cAMP were shown to result in the enhanced accumulation of a specific protein. This protein has immunochemical identity and co-electrophoreses with placental alkaline phosphatase in two-dimensional gels. These results clearly demonstrate that the induction of placental alkaline phosphatase activity in choriocarcinoma cells treated with these agents is a consequence of the accumulation of specific enzyme protein rather than of altered catalytic activity.
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