Abstract:The phorbol esters are among the most potent tumor promoters. On addition of 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol 13-acetate (TPA) to isolated human platelets prelabelled with [32P]orthophosphate we found a rapid increase in 32P incorporation into phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate and phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate. In view of similar findings with cells infected with the oncogene Rous sarcoma virus, it is suggested that inositol lipid phosphorylation might be a key event in the molecular action of phorbol esters.
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