Induction of acetylcholinesterase activity by beta-ecdysone in a Drosophila cell line

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Science  15 Jul 1977:
Vol. 197, Issue 4300, pp. 275-277
DOI: 10.1126/science.877552


When cells of the Drosophila Kc-H line are treated with larger than or equal to 10(-8) molar beta-ecdysone, they extend long processes and acquire acetylcholinesterase activity. Thus, this permanent line, derived originally from embryol cultures, may be composed of cells having some neural or glial characteristics.