The possible involvement of fibronectin receptors in growth stimulation was investigated by an analysis of fibronectin-coated latex bead binding to 3T3-L1 cells under various conditions. 3T3-L1 cells, growth-arrested in a medium with a low concentration of calf serum, bound few fibronectin-coated beads. After addition of serum at concentrations of 1.0% or higher, there was a rapid and transient increase in the number of cells with bound beads and a subsequent increase in the incorporation of bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) into cell nuclei. Incorporation of BrdU was observed in about 60% of the cells with bound beads. Fibroblast growth factor and platelet-derived growth factor at concentrations of 5 ng/ml or higher also enhanced binding of fibronectin-coated beads to cells. Stimulation of bead binding by epidermal growth factor and insulin was weak. Fibroblast growth factor, but not epidermal growth factor, increased the incorporation of BrdU into nuclei. These results indicate a relationship between stimulation of cell proliferation in quiescent cells and increased binding by cells of fibronectin-coated latex beads.
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