Natural occurrence of an inhibitor of mammalian cell growth in human and mouse cells of normal and tumor origin.
N6-(delta2-isopentenyl)adenosine was found both as a component of tRNA and as the cytoplasmic mononucleotide in human leukemic lymphoblasts and myeloblasts from peripheral blood and bone marrow samples. This hypermodified nucleotide was also found in the tRNA and as a mononucleotide in human (MRC-5 and KB) and mouse (A9, FLV, LM, and RAG) cell lines. The relative amounts of this hypermodified nucleotide in the tRNA of the cell lines and the human leukemias were similar (the mean value being 0.06 +/- 0.03 mole % of the total tRNA nucleotide content); whereas the amounts occurring as the free cytoplasmic mononucleotide were more varied but still comparable (the mean value being 0.53 +/- .09 mole % of all cytoplasmic nucleotides) for all cells investigated with the notable exception of all normal, diploid cell lines under study (0.04 mole%). A possible relationship of the free cytoplasmic mononucleotide with the nucleotide in the tRNA for control of mammalian cell protein synthesis in vivo was investigated by addition of N6-(delta2-isopentenyl)adenosine to the culture medium. The exogenously added nucleoside caused inhibition of cell growth within 3 h and cell death within 36 h at concentrations as low as 0.4 muM. No comparable effects were seen when adenosine, adenine, or N6-(delta2-isopentenyl)-adenine were added to the cultures. The simultaneous presence of adenosine in cultures containing N6-(delta2-isopentenyl)adenosine did not alter the detrimental effects of the hypermodified nucleoside on cell growth even when the concentration of adenosine was 50-fold that of N6-(delta2-isopentenyl)adenosine. Addition of N6-(delta2-isopentenyl)adenosine to cell cultures caused within the first 6 h a significant reduction in the rates of RNA and protein synthesis; whereas DNA synthesis continued at a rate comparable to control and adenosine-treated cells for 18 h before decreasing.更多