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Int J Radiat Biol. 1997 Jul;72(1):91-100.

Radiosensitivity and double-strand break rejoining in tumorigenic and non-tumorigenic human epithelial cell lines.

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  • 1Department of Cell Biology, University of Seville, Spain.


Radiosensitivity and repair of DNA damage induced by ionizing radiation and restriction enzymes were investigated in three human epithelial cell lines: two tumorigenic squamous carcinoma cell lines (SCC-4 and SCC-25), and a non-tumorigenic epidermal keratinocyte cell line (RHEK-1). Sensitivity to ionizing radiation was determined using a clonogenic cell survival assay, which showed SCC-4 to be more radiosensitive than SCC-25 and RHEK-1, which in turn displayed about equal sensitivity. Using DNA precipitation under alkaline conditions for the analysis of induction and repair of DNA single-strand breaks (ssb), an increased level of ssb induction was found for SCC-4 while the efficiency of ssb repair was about equal in all three cell lines. Using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) for the measurement of induction and repair of DNA double-strand breaks (dsb), no consistent differences were detected between the three cell lines. A plasmid reconstitution assay was used to determine the capacity to rejoin restriction enzyme-induced dsb in whole-cell extracts prepared from the three cell lines. In these experiments, dsb rejoining was shown to be significantly reduced in the most radiosensitive SCC-4 cell line while it was about equal in RHEK-1 and SCC-25. The results indicate that plasmid reconstitution in cell-free extracts is a sufficiently sensitive assay to detect differences in repair capacity among tumour cell lines of different radiosensitivity which remain undetectable by DNA precipitation and PFGE.

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