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Radiation and Environmental Biophysics

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 133–137 | Cite as

Radioresistant cell strain of human fibrosarcoma cells obtained after long-term exposure to x-rays

  • K. Wei
  • Reinhard Kodym
  • Cui-zheng Jin
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Abstract

A radioresistant cell strain from human fibrosarcoma HT1080 has been obtained after prolonged exposure to x-rays for 7 months (2 Gy per day, 5 days per week). This new strain, HT1080R, differs from HT1080 in a significantly increased ability of clonogenical survival, with coefficient α decreasing from 0.161 to 0.123 Gy–1 and coefficient β decreasing from 0.0950 to 0.0565 Gy–2. Furthermore, the radioresistance of HT1080R proved to be stable in long-term passaged cultures as well as in frozen samples. Differences between the two cell lines are also observed in the G-banded karyotype; the new cell line shows monosomy of chromosome 17 and loss of 5p+ and 11q+ present in the parental cells. These data suggest that the radioresistance may have been caused by radiation-induced cell mutation and that the resistant cells may have been selected by repeated irradiations. In order to characterize this new strain, the ability of the cells to rejoin DNA double-strand breaks, the cell cycle distribution and the amount of apoptosis after irradiation have been estimated; however, no differences are observed between these two cell strains. Although the mechanism of the elevated radioresistance remains unknown, this pair of cell strains can provide a new model system for further investigations with regard to the mechanisms of cellular radioresistance. The results also show that any type of irradiation similar to the schedules used in radiotherapy can lead to the formation and selection of more radioresistant cell clones in vitro, a phenomenon with possible implications for radiotherapy.

Keywords

Cell Clone Resistant Cell Parental Cell Cell Mutation Cell Strain 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Wei
    • 1
  • Reinhard Kodym
    • 1
  • Cui-zheng Jin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Radiotherapy and Radiobiology, University of Vienna, Währinger Gürtel 18–20, A-1090 Vienna, AustriaAT
  2. 2.Institute of Radiation Medicine, 27 Taiping Road, Beijing, ChinaCN

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