A vinca alkaloid effect on microtubules of CHO (China Hamster Ovary)

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American Journal of BioMedicine Volume 4, Issue 6, pages 227-235
Received January 30, 2016; accepted May 23, 2016; published June 21, 2016

Ibrahim Hadi Mohammed1mail of corresponding author


The study evaluated the effect of selected Vinca alkaloids on the microtubule network of CHO cells line and the recovery of its disruption. Model experiments were used for demonstration of the quantification of microtubule network changes induced by Vinca alkaloids using computer-assisted image analysis cells were treated with Vincristine or Vinblastine at various concentrations from 2 μg/l to 800 μg/l for 60 min, or with Vincristine at a concentration of 4615 μg/l and 9230 μg/l for 60 min. Microtubules were detected by means of indirect immunofluorescence. The damage was examined in a fluorescence microscope. Also, cells were treated for 60 min with Vincristine at concentrations of 20 μg/l or 800 μg/l and the recovery process was studied in time intervals of 6, 7, 8, 9, 10h, or 8 and 12h, respectively. Differences in the arrangement of microtubules were assessed by means of a software for quantification of the cytoskeleton changes in cells treated with Vincristine at a concentration of 20 μg/l and in untreated control cells. The microtubule network recovery process in time intervals of 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10h was quantified after treatment with Vincristine at a concentration of 20 μg/l for 60 min using the software for quantification of the cytoskeleton changes.

Keywords: Cytoskeleton; Microtubule disruption; Cytoskeleton recovery; Vincristine

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