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Resistance to gemcitabine in a lymphoma cell line resistant to Fas-mediated apoptosis

  • Autori: Meli, M.; Tolomeo, M.; D'Alessandro, N.; Grimaudo, S.; NOTARBARTOLO DI VILLAROSA, M.; Papoff, G.; Ruberti, G.; Rausa, L.; Dusonchet, L.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2004
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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Background: The T-cell lymphoma cell line HuT78B1, selected for resistance to Fas-mediated apoptosis, resulted unexpectedly resistant to the apoptotic and cytotoxic effects of gemcitabine (dFdC). We investigated whether this resistance was due to the impairment of the Fas/Fas-ligand (FasL) system. Materials and Methods: dFdC effects were studied in HuT78B1 and in the parental Fas-sensitive HuT78 cells exposed to inhibitors of the Fas/FasL system. Results: FasL- and Fas-blocking antibodies did not interfere with dFdC-induced apoptosis in HuT78 cells, whereas inhibitors of caspase-8, -9, -1 or -3 had partial inhibitory effects. Notably, in HuT78B1 cells there was a markedly reduced dFdC accumulation notwithstanding a high activity of the activating enzyme deoxycytidine kinase. dFdC accumulation in HuT78 cells was unaffected by a Fas-blocking antibody. Conclusion: This is the first time that the selection of a Fas-resistant cell line led to the isolation of a cell clone unable to accumulate the deoxycytidine analog dFdC. Our results show that this alteration is independent from the impairment of the Fas/FasL system.