The membrane lipid bilayer of the K562 cell line undergoes marked changes during cell cycling. These changes can be detected by measuring the fluorescence polarization of the rod-like hydrophobic probe 1,6-diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatriene. Single-cell measurements were performed by flow microfluorometry on synchronized K562 cells. The fluorescence polarization of the probe increased after cell division and was maximal during the S phase. Concomitant with the transition from S to G2 and M phase was a decrease in fluorescence polarization. The data are interpreted as reflecting a minimal membrane lipid fluidity during the S phase and a maximal fluidity during the G2/M-phase of the above erythroid precursor cell line.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 1989|