The mechanisms of substrate induction and L-cyst(e)ine repression of alkaline phosphatase were studied in tissue culture using an established African green monkey kidney cell line (BS-C-I). L-Cyst(e)ine repression and substrate induction are mutually antagonistic. Evidence is presented which suggests that the increase in alkaline phosphatase levels induced by mono-phosphate esters may in part be due to protection of the enzyme from cellular degradation, while L-cyst(e)ine is believed to act either by repressing the synthesis of the enzyme or by selectively increasing its catabolism.

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