Biological properties of a tumour cell line (NB1-G) derived from human neuroblastoma

Br J Cancer. 1987 Apr;55(4):407-11. doi: 10.1038/bjc.1987.80.


The properties of a new tumour cell line (NB1-G) derived from human neuroblastoma by xenografting in nude rats followed by adaptation to tissue culture are described. Studies using a panel of monoclonal antibodies demonstrate the neuro-ectodermal nature of the cells and support the diagnosis of the primary tumour as neuroblastoma. Cytogenetic studies have revealed a human karyotype with several chromosomal abnormalities. Genetic analysis by in situ DNA hybridization has demonstrated the presence of multiple copies of the N-myc gene. Approximately 20-30 fold amplification of the gene is observed on Southern blot analysis. The cell line has been adapted to growth as multicellular tumour spheroids as well as monolayer culture. Radiobiological studies on spheroids show the cells to be radiosensitive with low capacity for sub-lethal damage accumulation and repair. The cell line should be useful for fundamental studies of human neuroblastoma as well as experimental therapy in vitro.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Survival / radiation effects
  • Chromosome Aberrations
  • Chromosome Disorders
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 1
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 16
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Radiation
  • Epitopes / analysis
  • Humans
  • Karyotyping
  • Neoplasm Transplantation
  • Neuroblastoma / genetics*
  • Neuroblastoma / immunology
  • Neuroblastoma / ultrastructure
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Oncogenes
  • Rats
  • Rats, Nude


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Epitopes