Glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP)-v-src transgenic mice develop spontaneous gliomas with a high incidence of malignant progression. We characterize the first glial cell line derived from v-src transgenic mice, Tu-2449 in comparison with a virally induced murine glioma, SRB-10, and a spontaneous murine glioma, P497. Doubling times were lowest, as clonogenicity in soft agar was highest for Tu-2449, and to a lesser degree, Tu-2449 cells formed spheroids and showed migratory behaviour and invaded fetal rat brain aggregates. BCL-2 and BAX expression were lower in Tu-2449 and P497 than in SRB-10 cells. Only Tu-2449 cells accumulated p53 protein in response to genotoxic stress. Tu-2449 and SRB-10 cells that showed low CD95 expression were resistant to CD95 ligand (CD95L)-induced apoptosis unless coexposed to CD95L and inhibitors of RNA or protein synthesis. A chemosensitivity profile revealed Tu-2449 to be rather chemoresistant. Tu-2449 thus displays growth characteristics and patterns of resistance to apoptosis similar to those of other mouse and human glioma cell lines and may therefore become a valuable tool to evaluate new therapies for malignant gliomas in vitro and in vivo.