Steady state and nanosecond fluorescence polarization studies were carried out on membranes of a "bromodeoxyuridine (BUdR) dependent" cell line (B4) derived from a malignant Syrian hamster melanoma line. When grown in the presence of BUdR B4 cells resemble transformed cells (in terms of several biological characteristics), while B4 cells grown in the absence of BUdR resemble untransformed cells. B4 cells were labelled with the lipid probe 1,6-diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatriene, which had been used previously to show that fluorescence polarization values of membrane lipids of virally transformed cells are higher than fluorescence polarization values of membrane lipids of untransformed cells. The steady state fluorescence polarization values of membrane lipids of B4 cells in BUdR were found to be larger than those of cells in the absence of BUdR, and the change in fluorescence polarization values was found to be fully reversible. Nsec rotational correlation time experiments confirmed and extended the steady state results. The results of the fluorescence polarization studies suggest that the membranes of B4 cells grown in the presence of BUdR resemble those of virally transformed cells while membranes of B4 cells grown in the absence of BUdR resemble those of untransformed cells.
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