LA7 rat mammary tumor cells stimulate the proliferation, in culture, of three normal epithelial cell types, namely mouse mammary, rat mammary, and mouse thymic cells. Gap-junctional communication between LA7 feeders and mouse mammary cells was demonstrated by microinjection of lucifer yellow, which traveled from LA7 to the surrounding mouse mammary cells. The amount of 3H-uridine exchange between feeder and recipient mouse mammary, rat mammary, and mouse thymus cells correlated with the growth rate induced by the feeders. Cells of the Madin Darby canine kidney (MDCK) line, which do not appreciably stimulate mouse mammary cell growth when used as feeder cells, also exchange little 3H-uridine with them. Expression of connexins Cx43, 32, and 26 was studied in all these cell lines and strains by immunocytochemistry. Mouse mammary cells expressed Cx26, and a few mouse thymic cells expressed Cx32. LA7, mouse mammary, mouse thymic, and rat mammary cells all expressed easily detectable amounts of the gap-junction protein Cx43, in contrast to MDCK cells, which expressed only a hint of the protein. These results suggest that gap junctions composed of Cx43 are those by which the normal epithelial cells communicate with the LA feeders. Thus, the ability of feeder cells to stimulate proliferation in recipients correlates with the expression of Cx43 in both members of the feeder/recipient pair and the capacity to form functional gap junctions between these cells.
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