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Increased malignant behavior in neuroblastoma cells with acquired multi-drug resistance does not depend on P-gp expression

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Acquisition of P-gp-mediated multidrug-resistance does not always correlate with observed malignant behavior of NB. To characterize alterations accompanying development of multidrug-resistance in NB we established two neuroblastoma cell sublines resistant to vincristine (UKF-NB-3rVCR10) and doxorubicin (UKF-NB-3rDOX20). UKF-NB-3rVCR10 and UKF-NB-3rDOX20 overexpressed functional P-gp and developed an increased malignant phenotype: presented constitutive phosphorylation of AKT, resistance to γ-irradiation, and had increased survival in serum-free medium. Inhibition of P-gp restored chemosensitivity but did not affect increased survival in serum-free medium and sensitivity to γ-irradiation. Inhibition of AKT had no influence on chemoresistance but restored sensitivity to serum starvation. Both resistant cell lines acquired additional chromosomal changes. UKF-NB-3rVCR10 cells acquired a missense P53 mutation in exon 5, an increased MYCN amplification, an enhanced adhesion to endothelium, a decreased NCAM expression, a distinctly higher clonogenicity, and an increased in vivo tumorigenicity. We conclude that acquisition of increased malignant behavior in neuroblastoma occurs concomitantly with multidrug-resistance and is P-gp-independent.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Interdisziplinäres Laboratorium für Tumor und Virus Forschung, Institut für Medizinische Virologie, Clinics of J-W. Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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