A study was made of immunoreactive calcitonin (iCT) secretion by continuous cultures of small cell carcinoma of the lung (SCCL). Using an antiserum region specific for the midportion of the molecule, 9 12 cultures were found to secrete iCT. Gel filtration studies were performed on both supernatant fluid (SF) and cell pellet (CP) extract from a culture secreting high levels of iCT. Multiple iCT fractions were found in the SF with the major fraction being of high molecular weight (MW). In contrast, the CP had apparently monomeric CT as its principal iCT fraction. These studies demonstrate frequent iCT secretion by SCCL cultures and significant disparities between the iCT moieties found extra- and intracellularly.
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- Cancer Research