Chemotactic selection with insulin, di-iodotyrosine and histamine alters the phagocytotic responsiveness of Tetrahymena

N. Schiess, G. Csaba, L. Kohidai

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Chemotactic selection is a method by which populations of cells exposed to ligands can be isolated and subsequently cultivated. We used Tetrahymena pyriformis GL cultures selected by chemotactic selection to insulin (10 nM), histamine (0.1 nM) and di-iodotyrosine (T2, 10 nM) to study the phagocytotic capacity under the induction of selector hormones. Our results show a long-lasting link between chemotactically selected cultures and phagocytotic activity. Cells selected to histamine produced the highest phagocytotic activity upon a second exposure to the selector hormone. T2 selection was also strongly effective, however, the phagocytosis stimulation was not specific to the hormone given later. Insulin selected sub-populations had different phagocytotic responses to the control substance itself, whereas histamine selected sub-populations seem to be heterogeneous in the phagocytotic response to histamine. For insulin, the increased endocytotic or metabolic activity was demonstrated by the lack of non-phagocytotic cells. These experiments call attention to the evolutionary role of selection in the later developing receptor-hormone relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)521-530
Number of pages10
JournalComparative Biochemistry and Physiology - C Toxicology and Pharmacology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Chemotactic selection
  • Histamine
  • Insulin
  • Phagocytosis
  • Tetrahymena

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Toxicology
  • Cell Biology
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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