Establishment and characterization of two distinct malignant mesothelioma cell lines with common clonal origin

Cancer Genetics and Cytogenetics. 2007 Jul 1;176(1):35-47.. 2007 May;49(3):77-88. [Link]

Schulten HJ, Perske C, Thelen P, Polten A, Borst C, Gunawan B, Nagel H.

Institute of Pathology, Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Robert-Koch-Strasse 40, 37099 Göttingen, Germany.


We describe two newly established malignant mesothelioma (MM) cell lines derived from a pleural effusion of a male. One cell line, designated as MM-Z03E, reveals an epithelioid cobblestone morphology, while the second one, designated as MM-Z03S and subcloned after in vivo selection, exhibits a sarcomatoid storiform growth pattern. Both cell lines showed the immunologic profile characteristic for MM (i.e., expression of cytokeratin, CK18, calretinin, and vimentin in both phenotypes). Cytogenetics, multicolor fluorescence in situ hybridization, comparative genomic hybridization, and oligonucleotide array CGH were performed on both cell lines. Aberrations shared by both cell lines included chromosomal losses of 1q34 approximately qter, 4, 9p, 10p, 13, 14, 16q, 18, and 22, as well as a complex structural aberration involving chromosome 17. Aberrations exclusive to MM-Z03E included gains of 3q11q27 and 5p, while gain of 9q and losses of 3q27qter, 11q, and 18 in MM-Z03S were exclusive to MM-Z03E. Both cell lines were able to develop solid transplant tumors in nude mice within 16 weeks, and immunophenotyping of tumor xenografts revealed an overall retained expression profile of the markers used. Remarkably, one xenograft from MM-Z03E revealed overexpression of p53 and widely invasive growth. In conclusion, both cell lines are useful in vivo and in vitro model systems to study the underlying genetic mechanisms of biphasic differentiation in MM, which can be of certain value considering the increasing relevance of assessing MM tumor biology for the clinical management of this disease.