Molecular Biology Reports

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 153–158 | Cite as

Protein biosynthesis in cultured human hair follicle cells

  • P. J. J. M. Weterings
  • A. J. M. Vermorken
  • H. Bloemendal


A new technique has been used for culturing human keratinocytes. The cells grow on the basement membrane-like capsules of bovine lenses. Lens cells were removed from the capsules by rigid trypsinization. In order to exclude any contamination with remaining living cells the isolated capsules were irradiated with X-rays at a dose of 10,000 rad. In this way human epithelial cells can be brought in culture from individual hair follicles. Since feeder cells are not used in this culture technique, the biosynthesis of keratinocyte proteins can be studied in these cultures. The newly synthesized proteins can be separated into a water-soluble, a urea-soluble, and a urea-insoluble fraction. Product analysis has been performed on the first two fractions revealing protein patterns identical to those of intact hair follicles. Product analysis of the urea-soluble fractions of microdissected hair follicles shows that the protein pattern of the cultured keratinocytes resembles the protein pattern of the hair follicle sheath. Studies on the metabolism of benzo(a)pyrene revealed that the enzyme aryl hydrocarbon hydroxylase (AHH) is present in cultured hair follicle cells. A possible use of our culture system for eventual detection of inherited predisposition for smoking-dependent lung cancer is discussed.


Pyrene Hair Follicle Human Hair Protein Pattern Human Epithelial Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. J. J. M. Weterings
    • 1
  • A. J. M. Vermorken
    • 1
  • H. Bloemendal
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Unit for Cellular Differentiation and TransformationUniversity of NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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