1. A system has been developed for the specific transfer of [3H]dihydrotestosterone–receptor complexes into prostatic chromatin in vitro. 2. Under optimum conditions the overall transfer of [3H]dihydrotestosterone into purified chromatin in this reconstituted system is entirely consistent with the results obtained in whole tissue both in vivo and in vitro. 3. The transfer of [3H]dihydrotestosterone into chromatin is tissue-specific and maximal into chromatin isolated from androgen-dependent tissues. 4. The tissue specificity is maintained at two levels: first, in the presence of specific cytoplasmic androgen-receptor proteins; secondly, by the nature and composition of the chromatin itself. 5. Evidence is presented that androgenic steroids in vivo may maintain the tissue-specific nature of chromatin in androgen-dependent tissues by the selective induction of nuclear protein synthesis. 6. The relevance of these findings to the mechanism of action of androgenic steroids is discussed.
A reconstituted cell-free system for the specific transfer of steroid–receptor complexes into nuclear chromatin isolated from rat ventral prostate gland
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W. I. P. Mainwaring, Brenda M. Peterken; A reconstituted cell-free system for the specific transfer of steroid–receptor complexes into nuclear chromatin isolated from rat ventral prostate gland. Biochem J 1 November 1971; 125 (1): 285–295. doi: https://doi.org/10.1042/bj1250285
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