Observation of the biological characterizations of nasopharyngeal epithelial cells by EB virus infection in early phase of immortalization

Jing Yang, F. Q. Tang, H. H. Gu, X. Y. Deng, X. X. Weng, M. Tang, Y. Cao

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Abstract

The multi-stage cell model of the nasopharyngeal carcinoma development in vitro by Epstein-Barr virus transformation is beneficial for the elucidation of the mechanism of nasopharyngeal cancer. To observe the biological changes of primary human nasopharyngeal epithelial cells in early phase of immortalization, in this study, we have detected the morphological changes and the expression profile of senescence-associated beta-galactosidase (SA-beta-Gal) in primary culture. In addition, the expression of EB virus latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1) and the growth curve of primary cells were also detected. Our results showed a low percentage of cells infected with EB virus expressing SA-beta-Gal activity at the late primary culture. In morphology, the cells also formed multilayer foci, and the cell population doubling time was showed. These results demonstrated that the nasopharyngeal epithelial cells by EB virus infection have passed through the senescence and entered the early phase of immortalization. These cells have some of the transformed characteristics. Our results provided the data for further study on the mechanism of immortalization and the establishment of human nasopharyngeal epithelial cell line.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-99
Number of pages12
JournalShi yan sheng wu xue bao
Volume34
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

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