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Koto, M; Choi, H; Riesterer, O; Giri, U; Story, M D; Ha, C S; Raju, U (2011). Human lymphoma cells develop resistance to radiation in the presence of astrocytes in vitro. Anticancer Research, 31(1):33-38.

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Lymphomas growing in the central nervous system exhibit resistance to radiotherapy compared to lymphomas of the lymph nodes. Because astrocytes have been shown to reduce radiation-induced neuronal toxicity, this study hypothesized that astrocytes might protect lymphoma cells from radiation-induced cell killing.

A human lymphoma cell line, H9, and normal human astrocytes were grown in culture, exposed to radiation and assessed for cell viability, radiation sensitivity, glutathione content, induction of apoptosis and cell-cycle distribution.

Cell survival assays demonstrated that H9 cells growing in an astrocyte-monolayer and also in an astrocyte-conditioned medium displayed radioresistance compared with H9 cells growing under standard conditions. The radioresistance correlated with accumulation of H9 cells in the G(2) phase of the cell cycle, suppression of radiation-induced apoptosis and coincided with a moderate increase in glutathione.

The findings of this study suggest that astrocytes may play a role in the radioresistance exhibited by lymphomas of the central nervous system.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Radiation Oncology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:21 Jan 2012 19:35
Last Modified:27 Nov 2013 22:36
Publisher:International Institute of Anticancer Research
Related URLs:http://ar.iiarjournals.org/content/31/1.toc (Publisher)
PubMed ID:21273577

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