Dipyridamole-insensitive nucleoside transport in mutant murine T lymphoma cells

B. Aronow, D. Toll, J. Patrick, K. McCartan, B. Ullman

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From a mutagenized population of S49 murine T lymphoma cells, a mutant cell line, JPA4, was selected that expressed an altered nucleoside transport capability. JPA4 cells transported low concentrations of purine nucleosides and uridine more rapidly than the parental S49 cell line. The transport of these nucleosides by mutant cells was insensitive to inhibition by either dipyridamole (DPA) or 4-nitrobenzylthioinosine (NBMPR), two potent inhibitors of nucleoside transport in mammalian cells. Kinetic analyses revealed that the apparent K(m) values for the transport of uridine, adenosine, and inosine were 3-4-fold lower in JPA4 cells compared to wild type cells. In contrast, the transport of both thymidine and cytidine by JPA4 cells was similar to that of parental cells, and transport of these pyrimidine nucleosides remained sensitive to inhibition by both NBMPR and DPA. Furthermore, thymidine was a 10-12-fold weaker inhibitor of inosine transport in JPA4 cells than in wild type cells. Thus, JPA4 cells appeared to express two types of nucleoside transport activities; a novel (mutant) type that was insensitive to inhibition by DPA and NBMPR and transported purine nucleosides and uridine, and a parental type that retained sensitivity to inhibitors and transported cytidine and thymidine. The phenotype of the JPA4 cell line suggests that the sensitivity of mammalian nucleoside transporters to both NBMPR and DPA can be genetically uncoupled from its ability to transport certain nucleoside substrates and that the determinants on the nucleoside transporter that interact with each nucleoside are not necessarily identical.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14467-14473
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number31
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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