Journal article

Divergent phenotypic patterns and commitment to apoptosis of Caco-2 cells during spontaneous and butyrate-induced differentiation

JM Mariadason, KL Rickard, DH Barkla, LH Augenlicht, PR Gibson

Journal of Cellular Physiology | WILEY | Published : 2000


Caco-2 cells differentiate spontaneously when cultured in confluence and on exposure to the physiologically relevant short-chain fatty acid, butyrate. This study aimed to compare the phenotype induced by these pathways and their relations to cell turnover. Caco-2 cells were treated with butyrate at a nontoxic concentration of 2 mM for 3 days, or allowed to spontaneously differentiate for 0-21 days. Brush border hydrolase activities and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) expression, transepithelial resistance and dome formation, expression of components of the urokinase system, and cell turnover by flow cytometry, and the degree of DNA fragmentation were quantified. Butyrate induced increases in ..

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