After transfer of the Ab amelanotic melanoma cells from in vivo to in vitro growth conditons tyrosinase activity in their soluble fraction rapidly increased. This increase lasted to the middle of the logarithmic phase of growth and was followed by a decrease of tyrosinase activity, which was accompanied by accumulation of melanin in the cells. Calf serum stimulated simul-taneously tyrosinase activity, melanin synthesis, and proliferation of the melanoma ceils. Acrylamide-gel electrophoresis patterns of soluble tyrosinase from the Ab melanoma cells cultured in vitro consisted of two bands, similarly as soluble tyrosinase from the Ma melanotic melanoma cells freshly isolated from solid tumors.

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