Nagar, S., Smith, L. E. and Morgan, W. F. Variation in Apoptosis Profiles in Radiation-Induced Genomically Unstable Cell Lines. Radiat. Res. 163, 324–331 (2005).
Delayed reproductive cell death or lethal mutations in the survivors of irradiated cells is a well-characterized end point associated with radiation-induced genomic instability. Although the mechanism for this delayed lethality has not been identified, it is thought to be a means of eliminating cells that have sustained extensive damage, thus preventing tissue disruption after radiation exposure. In this study we have tested the hypothesis that delayed reproductive cell death in chromosomally unstable GM10115 clones is due to persistently increased levels of apoptosis. Evidence for differences in apoptosis in two representative genomically unstable clones after irradiation is presented. In addition, one of the unstable clones was found to have abnormal levels of apoptosis after radiation exposure. An understanding of apoptosis in genomically unstable clones may provide insight into the maintenance of genomic instability and the mechanism by which genomically unstable cells evade cell death, potentially contributing to carcinogenesis.