Studies on the influence of the presence of an activated ras oncogene on the in vitro radiosensitivity of human mammary epithelial cells

Int J Radiat Biol. 1991 Feb;59(2):385-96. doi: 10.1080/09553009114550351.


The clonogenic cell survival to gamma-rays was determined in a human mammary epithelial cell line transfected by an activated ras oncogene in comparison to either the host untransfected cell line or the same cell line transfected by the neo gene. In contrast to previous observation of fibroblasts derived from a murine cellular system (NIH 3T3), the analysis of survival curves did not demonstrate an acquired radioresistance in the human ras transfected cells as opposed to the two other cell lines. In other words, the appearance of resistance to ionizing radiation does not seem to be a feature which can be generalized to all situations associated to activation of a specific oncogene (ras).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Breast / cytology
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Survival / radiation effects
  • Cesium Radioisotopes
  • Gamma Rays
  • Gene Expression Regulation / genetics
  • Genes, ras / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Radiation Tolerance / genetics*
  • Transfection / genetics*


  • Cesium Radioisotopes