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Hum Cell. 2009 Aug;22(3):72-80. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-0774.2009.00072.x. Epub 2009 Jun 23.

Establishment and characterization of the NEYS cell line derived from carcinosarcoma of human ovary with special reference to the susceptibility test of anticancer drugs.

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The Nippon Dental University, Tokyo, Japan.


A cell line designated as NEYS was established from ovarian carcinosarcoma (stage IIIc) of a 56-year-old Japanese woman. The extirpated original tumor was carried in growth medium at 0 degrees C to the culture room. The primary culture was done on 20 August 2003. The cell line was composed of angular adhesive cells and showed neoplastic and pleomorphic features, such as bizarre aggregation of chromatin granules, an irregular thickening nuclear membrane and multiple large nucleoli. They grew as multi-layered cultures without contact inhibition. The cells proliferated moderately, and population doubling time was about 56 h. The chromosome number showed an underdiploidy of aneuploidy. The modal chromosome numbers were 37 (36%) and 38 (26%). The cultures produced carcinoembryonic antigen (27.4 ng/mL), carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (210 U/mL), and carbohydrate antigen 125 (526 U/mL). The NEYS cells did not give rise to transplant tumors in nude mice, and showed no susceptibility against cisplatin (CDDP), CPT-11, carboplatin, Paclitaxel, Taxotere and 5-FU. This cell line is useful for studies on the histogenesis of carcinosarcoma and susceptibility of cancer drugs in human ovarian carcinosarcoma. The immunohistochemical and ultrastructual analysis demonstrated that NEYS cells showed epithelial and mesenchymal differentiation, and supported the metaplasis theory as the cause of carcinosarcoma.

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