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Growth inhibition of human promonocytic leukaemic U937 cells by interferon gamma is irreversible and not cell cycle phase-specific



Growth inhibition of human promonocytic leukaemic U937 cells by interferon gamma is irreversible and not cell cycle phase-specific



Cytokine 11(9): 673-678



Growth of human promonocytic leukaemic U937 cells was found arrested within 24 h upon exposure to interferon gamma (IFN-gamma). Removal of the interferon did not result in the resumption of growth, as is evident from the absence of doubling of viable cell count and(3)H-thymidine incorporation. 5-Bromo-2'-deoxyuridine-based flow cytometric analysis of the growth-arrested cells, 24 h subsequent to the removal of IFN-gamma, showed absence of DNA synthesis, confirming the irreversible nature of the growth inhibition. Propidium iodide-based flow cytometric analysis of the growth-arrested cells showed a distribution which is typical of a growth inhibition without resulting in the accumulation of cells in any specific phase of the cell cycle. These results indicated that IFN-gamma arrested growth of U937 cells in an irreversible and cell cycle phase-independent manner. These observations were in contrast to our earlier report on the reversible and cell cycle phase-specific growth inhibition of human amniotic (fetal epithelial) WISH cells by the interferon.

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PMID: 10479403

DOI: 10.1006/cyto.1998.0474


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