Characterisation of high-level cisplatin-resistant cell lines established from a human hepatoma cell line and human KB adenocarcinoma cells: Cross-resistance and protein changes

D. W. Shen, S. I. Akiyama, S. I. Akiyama, Patricia V Schoenlein, M. M. Gottesman

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Human liver carcinoma cells (BEL-7404) and human KB adenocarcinoma cells were selected by stepwise increases in cisplatin. Drug sensitivity assays indicated that the IC50, value for 7404-CP7.5 cells was 49 μg ml-1 cisplatin, 111-fold higher than for the parental hepatoma cells. The IC50 value for KB-CP10 cells was 38 μg ml-1 cisplatin, which is 1152-fold higher than for the parental KB cells. The 7404-CP7.5 cells were cross-resistant to methotrexate (39 x), 5-fluorouracil (23 x) and 6-mercaptopurine (13 x), but were sensitive to drugs which are known substrates for the multidrug transporter (P-glycoprotein), including colchicine, vinblastine and actinomycin D. Similar cross-resistance patterns were observed for KB-CPIO cells. No evidence of DNA amplification or expression of the MDRI gene was found. One-dimensional sodium dodecyl sulphate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis showed increases in 52 kDa protein(s) in both the soluble cytosolic and crude membrane fractions in 7404-Cr cells and in KB-CPF cells. The amount of 52 kDa protein was proportional to the degree of resistance of the 7404-CP cells to cisplatin. Two-dimensional gel analysis demonstrated that two polypeptides of molecular mass 52 and 50 kDa were overexpressed in the membrane fractions in both 7404-CP20 and KB-CP20 cells. Using amino acid microsequencing and Western blotting, the major 52 kDa protein was identified as the mitochondrial heat shock protein hsp60. Two-dimensional gels of [35S]methionine-labelled polypeptides showed many other changes, including reduction in soluble proteins of approximately 57 kDa molecular weight in KB-CP20 cells, and of 35 kDa in both 7404-CP20 and KB-CP20 cells. These results suggest that alterations of certain proteins occur commonly in cisplatin-resistant cells, particularly proteins of molecular weight 52 and 50 kDa.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)676-683
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Cancer
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1995



  • Adenocarcinoma cells
  • Cisplatin
  • Crossresistance
  • Hepatoma cells
  • Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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