Immune cell-induced synthesis of NO and reactive oxygen species in lymphoma cells causes their death by apoptosis

FEBS Lett. 2005 May 23;579(13):2833-41. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2005.03.099. Epub 2005 Apr 25.


Induction of apoptosis in a lymphoma cell line using immune cell-conditioned medium, etoposide or an nitric oxide (NO) donor, resulted in the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Agents that inhibited NO production or scavenged ROS or species formed by reaction of NO with ROS, protected the cells from apoptosis. These data support the suggestion that immune rejection of an immunogenic derivative of this lymphoma in vivo involves the induced synthesis of both NO and ROS by the tumour cells.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Apoptosis*
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Culture Media, Conditioned
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / pharmacology
  • Free Radical Scavengers / pharmacology
  • Mice
  • Nitric Oxide / biosynthesis*
  • Nitric Oxide Synthase / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Reactive Oxygen Species / metabolism*
  • Spleen / cytology
  • Spleen / metabolism*
  • Thymoma / metabolism
  • Thymoma / pathology


  • Culture Media, Conditioned
  • Enzyme Inhibitors
  • Free Radical Scavengers
  • Reactive Oxygen Species
  • Nitric Oxide
  • Nitric Oxide Synthase