Insensitivity of chronic myeloid leukemia cells to inhibition of growth by prostaglandin E

M. Aglietta, W. Piacibello, F. Gavosto

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Abstract

The influence of E prostaglandins on the in vitro growth of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)-committed granulopoietic precursors [colony-forming unit-culture (CFU-C)] has been investigated in a double-layer agar system in which CFU-C growth was stimulated by adherent monocytes. Addition of the prostaglandin synthesis inhibitor indomethacin to the feeder layer significantly increased the number of normal CFU-C, whereas CML CFU-C were unaffected. Exogenous prostaglandin E1 inhibited CML CFU-C growth at concentrations 1000-fold higher than those necessary to produce a similar effect on normal CFU-C. These data point to a lower than normal sensitivity of CML-committed granulopoietic precursors. It is suggested that derangement of the responsiveness of CML cells to prostaglandin regulation may play a role in the pathogenesis of uncontrolled leukemic proliferation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2507-2511
Number of pages5
JournalCancer Research
Volume40
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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