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J Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 2002 Jul;128(7):349-57. Epub 2002 Jun 26.

Multiple mechanisms confer different drug-resistant phenotypes in pancreatic carcinoma cells.

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  • 1Humboldt University Berlin, Charité Campus Mitte, Institute of Pathology, Schumannstr. 20/21, 10117 Berlin, Germany. hermann.lage@charite.de



Drug-resistant phenotypes of cancer cells may be caused by complex multimodal mechanisms of resistance. In order to gain further insighte into these mechanisms, a P-glycoprotein-mediated multidrug-resistant phenotype induced by daunorubicin-selection and an alternative drug resistance due to treatment with mitoxantrone were investigated in pancreatic carcinoma-derived cells.


For assessing cross-resistance against various drugs, cell proliferation assays were performed. Drug accumulation was measured by flow cytometry. Messenger RNA expression was analyzed by Northern blot and RT-PCR, whereas protein expression was determined by Western blot. Catalytic activity of DNA-topoisomerases (Topo) II was determined by the decatenation assay.


In mitoxantrone-selected EPP85-181RNOV cells a decreased accumulation of mitoxantrone and daunorubicin was observed in the absence of P-glycoprotein, multidrug resistance protein or breast cancer resistance protein over-expression. An approximately twofold decrease of DNA topoisomerase II catalytic activity could be observed in both drug-resistance-exhibiting cell lines. The reduction of Topo II catalytic activity was reflected by decreased expression of Topo IIalpha and IIbeta mRNAs and proteins.


The decreased drug accumulation in EPP85-181RNOV cells indicates that alternative transport events are occurring. The decreased catalytic activity and expression of Topo II indicate that modulation of Topo II catalytic activity contributes to both drug-resistant phenotypes in pancreatic carcinoma cells.

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