Radiosensitivity differences between EGFR mutant and wild-type lung cancer cells are larger at lower doses

Mai Anakura, Ankita Nachankar, Daijiro Kobayashi, Napapat Amornwichet, Yuka Hirota, Atsushi Shibata, Takahiro Oike, Takashi Nakano

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In the era of precision medicine, radiotherapy strategies should be determined based on genetic profiles that predict tumor radiosensitivity. Accordingly, pre-clinical research aimed at discovering clinically applicable genetic profiles is needed. However, how a given genetic profile affects cancer cell radiosensitivity is unclear. To address this issue, we performed a pilot in vitro study by utilizing EGFR mutational status as a model for genetic profile. Clonogenic assays of EGFR mutant (n = 6) and wild-type (n = 9) non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) cell lines were performed independently by two oncologists. Clonogenic survival parameters SF2, SF4, SF6, SF8, mean inactivation dose (MID), D10, D50, α, and β were obtained using the linear quadratic model. The differences in the clonogenic survival parameters between the EGFR mutant and wild-type cell lines were assessed using the Mann–Whitney U test. As a result, for both datasets, the p values for SF2, SF4, D50, α, and α/β were below 0.05, and those for SF2 were lowest. These data indicate that a genetic profile of NSCLC cell lines might be predictive for their radiation response; i.e., EGFR mutant cell lines might be more sensitive to low dose-and low fraction sized-irradiation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3635
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Aug 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Clonogenic assays
  • Gene mutations
  • Precision medicine
  • Radiation therapy
  • Radiosensitivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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