Interferons α and β down-regulate the expression of basic fibroblast growth factor in human carcinomas

Rakesh K. Singh, Mordechai Gutman, Corazon D. Bucana, Ricardo Sanchez, Norma Llansa, Isaiah J. Fidler

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We investigated the influence of interferons α, β, and γ (IFN-α, -β, and -γ) on the production of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) by human renal carcinoma cells. The human renal carcinoma cell metastatic line SN12PM6 was established in culture from a lung metastasis and SN12PM6-resistant cells were selected in vitro for resistance to the antiproliferative effects of IFN-α or IFN-β. IFN-α and IFN-β, but not IFN-γ, down-regulated the expression of bFGF at the mRNA and protein levels by a mechanism independent of their antiproliferative effects. Downregulation of bFGF required a long exposure (>4 days) of cells to low concentrations (> 10 units/ml) of IFN-α or IFN-β. The withdrawal of IFN-α or IFN-β from the medium permitted SN12PM6-resistant cells to resume production of bFGF. The incubation of human bladder, prostate, colon, and breast carcinoma cells with noncytostatic concentrations of IFN-α or IFN-β also produced down-regulation of bFGF production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4562-4566
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 9 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • angiogenesis

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