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Online ISSN 1827-1855
Huang C. 1, Hu S. 2, Chen B. 2
1 Department of Neurosurgery, Hainan Provincial People’s Hospital, Haikou, China;
2 Department of Neurosurgery, the Second Affiliated Hospital of Hunan Medical University, Changsha, China
Background. The objective of this work was to observe and analyze the effects of epidermal growth factor (EGF) and the calcium channel antagonist nicardipine on the growth of U251MG, a human malignant glioma cell line, which have high-affinity EGF receptors.
Methods. The growth effects of EGF and nicardipine on U251MG cultured in serum-free and serum-supplemented (10% fetal bovine serum, FBS) medium respectively were observed by MTT colorimeritric analysis.
Results. EGF significantly enhanced the growth of U251MG cells in a dose-dependent manner in serum-free medium. The maximal effect was seen at 20 ng/ml. The effects of EGF approximated those obtained in 10% FBS. Nicardipine decreased U251MG cell proliferation, especially in serum-supplemented medium, and completely blocked the growth-stimulated effects of EGF. The combined effects of EGF (10 ng/ml) and nicardipine equaled those of nicardipine alone.
Conclusions. When serum was absent, the U251MG cells showed a pronounced mitogenic response to EGF in a dose-dependent manner, which approximated that achieved with 10% FBS. The addition of serum obscured this effect. Nicardipine suppressed the growth of U251MG cells and completely blocked the growth-stimulated effects of EGF may suggest a possible role of this drug as adjuvent therapy for human malignant gliomas.