Collateral resistance of a dideoxycytidine-resistant cell line to 5-fluoro-2'-deoxyuridine

Ram P. Agarwal, Tieran Han, Marilyn Fernandez

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Exposure of a human lymphocytic cell line, H9 cells, to 0.5 μM and 5.0 μM dideoxycytidine (ddC) resulted in isolation of ddC-resistant H9-ddC0.5w and H9-ddC5.0w cell lines. In addition, these cell lines were also resistant to azidothymidine and had reduced deoxycytidine kinase and thymidine kinase activities. We now show that these cell lines are 4-fold and 2000-fold collaterally resistant to 5-fluoro-2'-deoxyuridine (FdUR), respectively, but not to 5-fluorouracil (FU). Biochemical evaluations show that, compared to the parental cells, the FdUR phosphorylation was reduced to 36.3% and 9.2% and the FdUMP levels were decreased to 48.1% and 1.2% in these cell lines. Taken together, the data suggest that ddC, an antiviral agent, is capable of inducing resistance to FdUR - a drug that is not its analog and which has a different metabolism, target site, and mechanism of action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)657-660
Number of pages4
JournalBiochemical and biophysical research communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 7 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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