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Ornithine decarboxylase and S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase expression during the cell cycle of Chinese hamster ovary cells

  • J O Fredlund
  • M C Johansson
  • E Dahlberg
  • S M Oredsson
Publishing year: 1995-01
Language: English
Pages: 86-92
Publication/Series: Experimental Cell Research
Volume: 216
Issue: 1
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Academic Press
Additional info: The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Animal Physiology (Closed 2011) (011011000)

Abstract english

Cells in mitosis were harvested from exponentially growing Chinese hamster ovary cells by the mitotic detachment technique. Immediately after harvesting, the mitotic cells were seeded in tissue culture flasks and incubated at 37 degrees C in a CO2 incubator. Care was taken not to perturb the progression of cells through the cell cycle. At every hour after seeding for 14 h, cells were collected for analysis of cell cycle distribution, cellular polyamine content, ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) and S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase (AdoMetDC) activities, and relative mRNA contents. The progression through the cell cycle was monitored by DNA flow cytometry. The putrescine, spermidine, and spermine levels were approximately doubled during the cell cycle: putrescine mainly during late S and G2, spermidine continuously during the entire cell cycle, and spermine mainly during G1 and S. The ODC activity was low in seeded mitotic cells and the enzyme was activated in late G1 and reached a plateau in S phase. A second burst in activity was observed during late S phase and maximal ODC activity was found at the S/G2 transition. The relative ODC mRNA level approximately doubled during the cell cycle and the increase in the relative level mainly took part during mid and late S phase. AdoMetDC activity increased in late G1 and a first maximum was observed during the G1/S transition. A second burst in activity was found in mid S phase. Maximal AdoMetDC activity was found in G2. The relative AdoMetDC mRNA approximately doubled during the cell cycle and the increase in the relative level mainly took place during late G1 and early S phase. Our results indicate that polyamine synthesis was regulated at transcriptional and translational/post-translational levels during the cell cycle of Chinese hamster ovary cells.


  • Zoology
  • Adenosylmethionine Decarboxylase
  • Animals
  • CHO Cells
  • Cell Cycle
  • Cricetinae
  • DNA
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Enzymologic
  • Ornithine Decarboxylase
  • Polyamines
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


  • ISSN: 1090-2422
Stina Oredsson
E-mail: stina [dot] oredsson [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se


Functional zoology

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LUCC - Lund University Cancer Centre

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Animal Physiology


Cell proliferation

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