Spontaneous nucleosomal DNA fragmentation (SNDF), characteristic of apoptotic cell death was observed in a murine leukemic cell line grown to high density. This effect was eliminated by permitting free diffusional exchange with a large amount of complete medium. Cells seeded at low density did not show SNDF in a conditioned medium that had been used to culture cells with severe SNDF. Cells seeded at high density in the same conditioned medium showed pronounced DNDF, but addition of 10% fetal bovine serum to such a medium significantly reduced SNDF. These observations indicate that neither physical contact among cells in high density culture per se nor secretion of a death factor by the high density culture could account for the induction of SNDF. The results support a model in which the gradual depletion of a serum factor(s) leads to the activation of a cell death program that is manifested as SNDF.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Jul 30 1993|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology