Radiation-induced G2/M arrest rarely occurred in glioblastoma stem-like cells

<p><b>Purpose:</b> The purpose of this study is to systematically study the cell-cycle alterations of glioblastoma stem-like cells (GSLCs) after irradiation, possibly enriching the mechanisms of radioresistance of GSLCs.</p> <p><b>Materials and methods:</b> GSLCs were enriched and identified, and then the radioresistance of GSLCs was validated by analyzing cell survival, cell proliferation, and radiation-induced apoptosis. The discrepancy of the cell-cycle distribution and expression of cell-cycle-related proteins between GSLCs and glioblastoma differentiated cells (GDCs) after irradiation was completely analyzed.</p> <p><b>Results:</b> The survival fractions and the cell viabilities of GSLCs were significantly higher than those of GDCs after irradiation. Radiation-induced apoptosis was less prominent in GSLCs than in GDCs. After irradiation with high-dose X-rays, the percentages of GDCs in G2/M phase was evidently increased. However, radiation-induced G2/M arrest occurred less frequently in GSLCs, but S-phase arrest occurred in GSLCs after irradiation with 8 Gy. Further mechanistic studies showed that the expressions levels of Cdc25c, Cdc2, and CyclinB1 in GSLCs were not apparently changed after irradiation, while those of p-ATM and p-Chk1 were sharply increased after irradiation in GSLCs. The basal level of Cdc25c expression in GSLCs was much higher than that in GDCs.</p> <p><b>Conclusions:</b> We explored the cell-cycle alterations and cell-cycle-related proteins expression levels in GSLCs after irradiation, providing a novel mechanism of radioresistance of GSLCs.</p>