Characterization of three human malignant mesothelioma cell lines

Marjan A. Versnel*, Henk C. Hoogsteden, Anne Hagemeijer, Monique J. Bouts, Theo H. van der Kwast, Mick Delahaye, Gert Schaart, Frans C.S. Ramaekers

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Three human malignant mesothelioma cell lines, designated Mero-14, Mero-25, and Mero-41, have been isolated from effusions and from autopsy material of confirmed cases of malignant mesothelioma. Light and electron microscopy, cytogenetics, growth requirements, and intermediate filament expression of these cell lines were studied and, where possible, compared with the original tumor material of the patient. Cytologic and ultrastructural morphology was consistent with the mesothelial nature of the cells. All cell lines displayed a hyperdiploid karyotype similar to that of the tumor cells obtained directly from the patient. All three malignant mesothelioma cell lines had marker chromosomes 1, 3, 9, and 22, as well as other markers that were occasionally present in these cell lines and in other malignant mesotheliomas studied. Growth kinetic studies in medium supplemented with epidermal growth factor (EGF) showed increased proliferation and a decreased proliferation in medium supplemented with hydrocortisone (HC) or EGF plus HC. The three malignant mesothelioma cell lines were positive for the cytokeratins 7, 8, 18, and 19 based on immunofluorescence and immunoblotting tests with chain-specific monoclonal antibodies. The characteristics of these cell lines support the assumption that Mero-14, Mero-25 and Mero-41 are derived from malignant mesotheliomas and have retained their original character.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-128
Number of pages14
JournalCancer Genetics and Cytogenetics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1989


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