Flow cytometric and electron microscopic immunocytochemical studies have been performed in HT-29 human colon tumor cells in vitro, to determine and localise p86 Ku protein, which is a regulatory subunit of DNA-dependent kinase and a specific binding site for somatostatin. We have demonstrated that HT-29 cells contain p86 Ku and that the distribution between the cytoplasm and the nucleus is even. After administration of the somatostatin analogues Sandostatin and TT-232 to HT-29 cells, the p86 Ku content of the cytoplasmic compartment decreased in the first 4 h. An increase in the content of this protein in the nuclear compartment was observed at hour 1 followed by a decrease at hour 4 after treatment. Quantitative differences between the two analogues have been observed in this respect. The practical significance of these findings is discussed.
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