Periodic fluctuations in proliferation of SV-40 transformed human skin fibroblast lines with prolonged lifespan

Abstract

A human fibroblastic cell line transformed by the SV40-T antigen sequence and continuously cultured for 7 months displayed large periodic variations in cell proliferation. This contrasted with other characteristics of this cell line that remained constant: mosaic cell shape, absence of cell contact inhibition, and predominance of a hypodiploid population. Similar fluctuations in proliferative capacity were also found during the long-term growth of a transformed but nonimmortalized human fibroblastic line prior to senescence, and in the established hamster fibroblastic Nil cell line. This growth pattern suggests a recurrent stimulation of growth in these three transformed cell lines. The proliferation pattern from cultured transformed cells may thus be complex and requires further investigation. These variations presumably influence major cell functions. This observation has important implications for the analysis of data from such cell lines.

DOI: 10.1007/BF00756764

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@article{Wolfrom1994PeriodicFI, title={Periodic fluctuations in proliferation of SV-40 transformed human skin fibroblast lines with prolonged lifespan}, author={Claire M. Wolfrom and Nicole Raynaud and J. Y. Maigne and S. Papathanassiou and M. Conti and Noman Kadhom and Bernard Hecquet and Francesca Levi and Mathieu Gautier and Jean Deschatrette}, journal={Cell Biology and Toxicology}, year={1994}, volume={10}, pages={247-254} }