Presence of angiotensinogen messenger RNA in various cultured cell lines

Valerie Fatigati, Jacqueline M. Washington, Kevin R. Lynch, Michael J. Peach, Edward D. Miller

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The presence of angiotensinogen messenger RNA (mRNA) was assessed in total RNA extracted from hepatoma, glioma, neuroblastoma, and glioma-neuroblastoma hybrid cell lines. Total RNA from 1 × 107 cells was extracted, transferred to a membrane, and hybridized with a 32P-labeled, full-length (1650-base pair) rat angiotensinogen complementary DNA (cDNA). Angiotensinogen RNA sequences could be definitively detected only in hepatoma cells. Steroids were used in an attempt to increase the angiotensinogen mRNA level. Dexamethasone (2 × 10-6M) or 17 β-estradiol (1 × 10 -7 M) was added to the cultures 18 to 24 hours prior to harvest. Dexamethasone treatment of the hepatoma cells resulted in a large increase in angiotensinogen mRNA, whereas estradiol had no effect. Steroids failed to induce detectable levels of angiotensinogen mRNA in total RNA from the other cell lines. That the RNA was intact was ensured by hybridizing duplicate Northern blots to a 32P-Iabeled actin cDNA. Actin mRNA sequences were detected in all cell lines. Blot hybridization of poly (A)+ RNA resulted in the visualization of a weak angiotensinogen mRNA signal for a glioma cell line and a glioma-neuroblastoma hybrid line. However, the ability to detect angiotensinogen mRNA in a cell may depend on the phenotype expressed, which can be governed by culture conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)III-25-III-30
Issue number6, Part 2
StatePublished - Jun 1987
Externally publishedYes


  • Angiotensinogen
  • Complementary DNA
  • Cultured cells
  • Messenger RNA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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