N-acetyl-cysteine enhances cell adhesion properties of epithelial and lymphoid cells.
Article first published online: 2 JAN 2013
© The Author(s) Journal compilation © 1995 International Federation for Cell Biology
Cell Biology International
Volume 19, Issue 8, pages 681–686, August 1995
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Rivabene, R., Viora, M., Matarrese, P., Rainaldi, G., D'Ambrosio, A. and Malorni, W. (1995), N-acetyl-cysteine enhances cell adhesion properties of epithelial and lymphoid cells. Cell Biology International, 19: 681–686. doi: 10.1006/cbir.1995.1117
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In this paper, we show that the antioxidant N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) is capable of enhancing the adhesion properties of the epithelial cell line A431 and of the lymphocytic cells with cytotoxic activitv from human peripheral blood: the natural killer (NK) cells. This effect leads to an increased efficiency of A431 cells to form a monolayer and of NK cells to kill their targets. In both cases a specific effect of NAC was found in the distribution of those molecules of the cytoskeleton which are generally involved in cell substrate and cell-to-cell contact region formation, e.g., the actin microfilaments. NAC could thus behave as a drug influencing certain cytoskeleton-dependent cell processes in a non-histotype dependent manner.