Microenvironment factors do not afford myeloma cell lines protection from simvastatin

Alla Osadchy, Liat Drucker*, Judith Radnay, Hava Shapira, Michael Lishner

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Background: The intensive interactions of myeloma cells (multiple myeloma, MM) with microenvironmental components of the bone marrow contribute significantly to their proliferation and survival. It has been shown that these signals confer drug resistance, delineating their circumvention as a primary objective in disease treatment. This study was designed to assess the effect of some major extracellular factors on the previously established anti-neoplastic response of myeloma cells to simvastatin (Sim). Study design: RPMI8226, U266, and ARH77 seeded in culture plates precoated with fibronectin (FN)/agarose/none were treated with Sim, insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), interleukin-6 (IL-6) or combinations for 5 d. Then we assessed cell morphology, viability (WST1), cell cycle (propidium iodide, PI, staining and flow cytometric analysis), total cell count, and cell death (trypan blue exclusion), and DNA fragmentation. Results and conclusions: Reduced viability was demonstrated with Sim in all treated cell lines with and without co-administration of IGF-I or IL-6 (P < 0.05). The extent of inhibition did not vary between Sim only and combinations (NS). FN did not influence cell response to Sim alone or combined with IL-6/IGF-I (NS). We conclude that IL-6, IGF-I, and FN do not afford myeloma cell lines protection from Sim modulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-190
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Haematology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2004


  • Adhesion
  • Fibronectin
  • IGF-I
  • IL-6
  • Myeloma
  • Statins


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