SCE and Cell Cycle Studies in Leukemia

  • R. Becher
  • C. G. Schmidt
  • A. A. Sandberg


During recent years an increasing number of papers has been published on sister chromatid exchanges (SCEs) in neoplasia. These papers can be divided roughly into 2 major groups, i.e., SCEs in the circulating lymphocytes of cancer patients or their relatives and SCEs in affected cells. A considerable number of authors have investigated SCEs in phytohemagglutinin (PHA)-stimulated lymphocytes of cancer patients, which is comprehensively discussed by Sandberg et al. (1). Here, we want to report on SCE frequencies and cell cycle-specific patterns of the leukemic cells themselves. As SCE induction is a sensitive parameter of DNA damage, the available data have to be carefully interpreted regarding the effects of previous cytostatic treatment and the length of the therapy-free interval before samples are collected.


Acute Myelocytic Leukemia Acute Leukemia Sister Chromatid Exchange Normal Bone Marrow Cell Cycle Time 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Becher
    • 1
    • 2
  • C. G. Schmidt
    • 1
  • A. A. Sandberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Westdeutsches TumorzentrumInnere Universitätsklinik (Tumorforschung)Essen 1Federal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Roswell Park Memorial InstituteBuffaloUSA

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