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Ipertermia e tumore del polmone

Uno studio su ipertermia e danno cellulare nel tumore del polmone

ricercatriceUno studio condotto in vitro su cellule di tumore polmonare non a piccole cellule mette in evidenza l'efficacia dell'ipertermia nell'indurre alterazioni del citoscheletro cellulare e della mitosi in senso proapoptotico.

Lo studio è pubblicato su una rivista internazionale.



Acta Histochem. 2012 Apr 6. [Epub ahead of print]

Hyperthermia induces cytoskeletal alterations and mitotic catastrophe in p53-deficient H1299 lung cancer cells.

Pawlik A, Nowak JM, Grzanka D, Gackowska L, Michalkiewicz J, Grzanka A.


Department of Histology and Embryology, Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Bydgoszcz, Poland.


Hyperthermia is used in cancer therapy, however much remains to be discovered regarding its mechanisms of action at the cellular level. In this study, the effects of hyperthermia on cell death, survival, morphology and the cytoskeleton were investigated in a non-small cell lung cancer cell line, H1299. Despite the fact that this cell line is widely used in research, it has not yet been tested for heat shock sensitivity. Cells were given a 30-min heat shock at 43.5°C and 45°C and left to recover at 37°C for 24 and 48h. 24h after heat shock treatment, we monitored changes in the organization of the cytoskeleton using immunofluorescence microscopy. The number of actin stress fibers was significantly reduced, microtubules formed a looser meshwork, a portion of the cells possessed multipolar mitotic spindles, whereas vimentin filaments collapsed into perinuclear complexes. 48h following heat stress, most of the cells showed recovery of the cytoskeleton, however we observed a considerable number of giant cells that were multinucleated or contained one enlarged nucleus. The data obtained by MTT assay showed a dose-dependent decrease of cell viability, while flow cytometric analysis revealed an increase in the number of cells with externalized phosphatidylserine. The results suggest that one of the modes of heat-induced cell death in H1299 cells is mitotic catastrophe, which probably ends in apoptosis.


Dr. Carlo Pastore

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