Journal article

Effect of thymidine on the sensitivity of cultured mouse tumor cells to 1-beta-D-arabinofuranosylcytosine.

AW Harris, EC Reynolds, LR Finch

Cancer Research | Published : 1979


Assays of thirteen cell lines, derived from mouse lymphomas, myelomas, myeloid tumors, and a mastocytoma, for sensitivity to growth inhibition by 1-beta-D-arabinofuranosylcytosine (ara-C) revealed a spectrum between the most and least sensitive which differed 100-fold from each other. An inverse correlation between sensitivity and cellular deoxycytidine 5'-triphosphate (dCTP) content was found, and this suggested that sensitivity of cells might be increased if the dCTP content was lowered during cell exposure to ara-C. Previous work has shown that thymidine treatment of cells lowers their dCTP content, and the effect of thymidine on the sensitivity of six of the cell lines to ara-C was there..

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