Karyotype evolution of the human HBL-100 cell line and mapping of the integration site of SV40 DNA

Ann Genet. 1988;31(2):81-6.


Cytogenetic analysis of the human HBL-100 cell line, that we have previously shown to harbour SV40 genetic information (Caron de Fromentel et al., 1985), reveals numerous chromosomal rearrangements as soon as the 30th in vitro passage. The karyotype is relatively stable during in vitro maintenance and even at late passages (approximately 70) when the cells have acquired the capacity to form tumors in nude mice. In all the somatic cell hybrids obtained after fusion of mouse 3T3-4E cells with HBL-100 cells, several human chromosomes are maintained and a derivative from chromosome 15-der(15)- is the most frequently observed. The der(15) marker is present in the HBL-100 cell line at every passage studied as well as in different cell lines derived from tumors induced by HBL-100 cells. The various hybrids, originally isolated for a transformed phenotype on the basis of their ability to grow in soft-agar, were all found to express the SV40 T-antigen. In situ hybridization of an SV40 DNA probe to chromosome spreads obtained from one of these hybrids shows that the integration site of the viral genome is located on the der(15) marker chromosome, at band 15q24. The possible cooperation of SV40 T-antigen with some other oncogene(s), required by human HBL-100 cells in order to express a malignant phenotype, is discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cell Line
  • Cell Transformation, Viral*
  • Chromosome Aberrations
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 15*
  • DNA, Viral / analysis*
  • Genetic Markers
  • Humans
  • Karyotyping
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Recombination, Genetic*
  • Simian virus 40 / genetics*
  • Transfection


  • DNA, Viral
  • Genetic Markers