The intrinsic radiosensitivity and sublethal damage repair capacity of five cervical carcinoma cell lines tested with the 96-well-plate assay

  • Virpi Rantanen
  • Seija Grénman
  • Jarmo Kulmala
  • Reidar Grénman
Original Article Experimental Oncology


We have tested the intrinsic radiosensitivity and capacity for sublethal damage repair (SLDR) in split-dose experiments with the 96-well plate clonogenic assay. Four out of five cell lines were squamous-cell carcinoma (SCC) lines (CaSki, ME-180, HX151c, HX156c) and one cell line was established from glassy-cell carcinoma (UM-GCC-1). Comparison of radiosensitivities was by withD value, the mean inactivation dose.D for these cell lines varied from 1.7 Gy to 2.5 Gy. As a group, cervical carcinoma cell lines were more radioresistant than endometrial adenocarcinoma cell lines tested with the same assay, but more radiosenstive than vulvar SCC lines. Three cell lines showed clear SLDR, but two cell lines were unable to carry out this function. Furthermore, cell lines capable of SLDR also showed significant increase in survival whenD values were compared after the radiation dose was split into three instead of two fractions. These results indicate the importance of adding another radiobiological parameter to the intrinsic radiosensitivity when predictive tests are planned.

Key words

Radiosensitivity Fractionation Clonogenic assay Squamous-cell carcinoma line Cervical carcinoma 



sublethal damage repair


squamous cell carcinoma


fraction surviving after 2 Gy of radiation


area under the radiation survival curve


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Virpi Rantanen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Seija Grénman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jarmo Kulmala
    • 3
  • Reidar Grénman
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland
  2. 2.Department of Medical BiochemistryUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland
  3. 3.Department of RadiotherapyUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland
  4. 4.Department of OtolaryngologyUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland

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