Alkaline phosphatase activity during differentiation of the human promyelocytic leukemia cell line, HL-60

Lillian L.L. Wei, Eric K.W. Hui, J. S. Wei, Yat Ming Yung

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The differentiation of HL-60 promyelocytic cells toward mature myelocytic cells induced by retinoic acid (RA) was accompanied by a quantitative similar increase in alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity. The potentiation of RA-induced differentiation and the enhancement of ALP activity by sphinganine seemed to correlate with each other. The combination of RA and sphinganine increased in parallel the percentage of mature cells and the ALP activities. Short exposures (4-8h) of HL-60 cells to RA promoted differentiation and ALP activity to a fraction (about 50%) of their maximums which were achieved in cells after 24h or longer RA exposure. Our results indicate that the key step for the induction of ALP activity and the differentiation by RA probably takes place within 24h of incubation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-494
Number of pages8
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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