Induction of metallothionein in the Reuber H-35 rat hepatoma cell

M. S. Yang*, M. K. Tang, Ricky N S WONG

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The feasibility of using the Reuber H-35 rat hepatoma cell (RH-35 cells) as model for studying metallothionein induction was examined. The RH-3S cells were treated with Cd, a toxic metal which is known to induce metallothionein. The LC50 after a 3-h treatment was 70 μM. The value was significantly higher (P < 0.05) if the cells were pre-treated with a sublethal dose of CdCl2 (5 μM) for 2 days, indicating that pre-treatment with a low dose of Cd can protect against a subsequent higher dose of the same metal. Both the mRNA and the gene product metallothionein can be identified in the cells 2 days after treatment with 5 μM Cd. In addition to Cd, Zn and Cu were also able to induce the expression of metallothionein to various degrees. The results indicate that the MT genp is present in RH-35 cells and is responsive to treatment with various metals. Thus, this cell line can be used as a model to study metallothionein induction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-104
Number of pages6
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 1995

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Toxicology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Cadmium
  • Metallothionein induction
  • Reuber H-35 rat hepatoma cell


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