Chemotherapy-induced apoptosis in epithelial ovarian cancers.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: To determine whether chemotherapy drugs elicit programmed cell death (apoptosis) in ovarian cancer cells. METHODS: Monolayers of immortalized ovarian cancer cell lines and primary ovarian cancer cells obtained from ascites were grown in the presence of cisplatin, 4-hydroxyperoxy-cyclophosphamide (the active metabolite of cyclophosphamide) or paclitaxel. Next, DNA was extracted from the cells and subjected to electrophoresis to determine if DNA laddering characteristic of apoptosis was present. RESULTS: In three of six immortalized cell lines (OVCA 420, 429, and 433), apoptosis was not seen in response to any of the three drugs. In contrast, in OVCAR-3 and OVCA 432, DNA laddering consistent with apoptosis was observed in response to all three drugs. In the DOV 13 cell line, apoptosis was seen only with 4-hydroxyperoxycyclophosphamide. Among three primary ovarian cancers, cisplatin elicited apoptosis in one case. Both cell lines with mutant p53 genes (OVCAR-3 and OVCA 432) underwent apoptosis in response to all three drugs, whereas among three cell lines known to have normal p53 genes, one underwent apoptosis in response to 4-hydroxyperoxycyclophosphamide and two were unaffected. CONCLUSION: Ovarian cancer cell death in response to commonly used chemotherapeutic drugs involves the induction of a genetically programmed sequence of events (apoptosis) rather than simply necrosis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Havrilesky, LJ; Elbendary, A; Hurteau, JA; Whitaker, RS; Rodriguez, GC; Berchuck, A

Published Date

  • June 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 85 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1007 - 1010

PubMed ID

  • 7770245

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0029-7844

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0029-7844(95)00058-y


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States