Thaler, R., Spitzer, S., Karlic, H., Berger, C., Klaushofer, K. and Varga, F.
Notes: Caspase-Glo® 3/7 and Caspase-Glo® 8 Assays were used to assess activation of apoptosis pathways in MC3T3-E1 cells (clonal mouse), U-2 OS human osteoscarcoma cell line and CCL-51 cells (mouse mammary gland tumor cells). Although ibandronate reduced cell proliferation in all cell lines, its effect on activation of caspases was different in neoplastic versus non-neoplastic cells. Caspase-8 and caspase-3/7 activities were reduced in MC3T3-E1 cells after 72 hours treatment with ibandronate. In two tumor cell lines assayed, opposite results were seen: caspase-8 and caspase-3/7 activities increased in U-2 OS cells and in CCL-51 cells. Luminescence was detected using a GloMax® 96 Microplate Luminometer. (Figure 1 in the paper)
To analyze FAS promoter methylation levels, fragments of the targeted promoter regions were generated by digestion of genomic DNA using CpG methylation insensitive restriction enzymes MboII and PstI from cells cultured in the presence of ibandronate for varying lengths of time. The authors demonstrated that FAS promoter methylation is altered in tumor cells in the presence of ibandronate. (4253)