Identification of CD133−/Telomeraselow Progenitor Cells in Glioblastoma-Derived Cancer Stem Cell Lines

Department of Hematology and Oncology, University of Regensburg, Germany.
Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology (Impact Factor: 2.51). 11/2010; 31(3):337-43. DOI: 10.1007/s10571-010-9627-4
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Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is paradigmatic for the investigation of cancer stem cells (CSC) in solid tumors. The CSC hypothesis implies that tumors are maintained by a rare subpopulation of CSC that gives rise to rapidly proliferating progenitor cells. Although the presence of progenitor cells is crucial for the CSC hypothesis, progenitor cells derived from GBM CSC are yet uncharacterized. We analyzed human CD133(+) CSC lines that were directly derived from CD133(+) primary astrocytic GBM. In these CSC lines, CD133(+)/telomerase(high) CSC give rise to non-tumorigenic, CD133(-)/telomerase(low) progenitor cells. The proliferation of the progenitor cell population results in significant telomere shortening as compared to the CD133(+) compartment comprising CSC. The average difference in telomere length as determined by a modified multi-color flow fluorescent in situ hybridization was 320 bp corresponding to 4-8 cell divisions. Taken together, we demonstrate that CD133(+) primary astrocytic GBM comprise proliferating, CD133(-)/telomerase(low) progenitor cell population characterized by low telomerase activity and shortened telomeres as compared to CSC.

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    • "Human primary GBM cells R8 (CD133−), R18 and R28 (CD133+) were kindly provided by Dr. Dagmar Beier (Department of Neurology, University Aachen, RWTH, Germany). The procedure of generation of primary GBM cells and histological classification were described by Beier et al [32, 42]. GBM cells were cultured in stem cell-permissive DMEM/F12 medium (PAN, Germany) supplemented with human recombinant epidermal growth factor, human recombinant basic fibroblast growth factor (both PeproTech, Rocky Hill, New Jersey, USA) and human leukemia inhibitory factor (Active Bioscence, Germany), 20 ng/mL of each, and 2% B27 (Gibco, Life Technologies, Carlsbad, California, USA) in non-tissue treated plates. "
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    • "There is general consensus that CD133 + /telomerase High CSC gives rise to CD133 -/telomerase Low progenitor cells. It is the proliferation of these progenitor cells that populate and makes up the tumor mass (Beier et al., 2011). Moreover, it has been shown that differentiated tumor cells are more susceptible to chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and are eliminated from the tumor mass. "

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