Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences

, Volume 67, Issue 22, pp 3915–3925 | Cite as

Identification of cancer stem cell-like cells from human epithelial ovarian carcinoma cell line

  • M. F. Shi
  • J. Jiao
  • W. G. Lu
  • F. Ye
  • D. Ma
  • Q. G. Dong
  • X. Xie
Research Article


Cancer stem cells (CSCs) play an important role in the development, invasion, and drug resistance of carcinoma, but the exact phenotype and characteristics of ovarian CSCs are still disputable. In this study, we identified cancer stem cell-like cells (CSC-LCs) and investigated their characteristics from the ovarian adenocarcinoma cell line 3AO. Our results showed that CSC-LCs were enriched in sphere-forming test and highly expressed CD44+CD24. The spheres and CD24 cells possessed strong tumorigenic ability by transplantation into nonobese diabetic/severe combined immunodeficient mice. CD44+CD24 cells expressed stem cell markers and differentiated to CD44+CD24+ cells by immunofluorescence assay and fluorescence-activated cell-sorting analysis. In vitro experiments verified that CD44+CD24 cells were markedly resistant to carboplatin and paclitaxol. In conclusion, our study identifies the CD44+CD24 phenotype, self-renewal, high tumorigenicity, differentiation potential, and drug resistance of ovarian CSC-LCs. Our findings may provide the evidence needed to explore a new strategy in the treatment of ovarian cancer.


Cancer stem cells Ovarian carcinoma CD44 CD24 



This research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 30672230), the National Program on Key Basic Research Project of China (Grant No. 2009CB521800), and the Foundation of Health Department of Zhejiang Province of China (Grant No. 2007A129). We thank Professor Li ZT (Cancer Hospital of Fudan University), Mrs. Zhou J (Shanghai Cancer Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University), Mrs. Xu HL (Shanghai Cancer Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University), and Mr. Geng Q (Shanghai Cancer Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University), for technical assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Women’s Hospital, School of Medicine, Women’s Reproductive Health Laboratory of Zhejiang ProvinceZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina
  2. 2.Shanghai Cancer InstituteShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina
  3. 3.Cancer Biology Research Center, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical CollegeHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina

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