Serum Concentration: Effects on Cycle and X-ray Sensitivity of Mammalian Cells

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Science  28 Jan 1966:
Vol. 151, Issue 3709, pp. 459-461
DOI: 10.1126/science.151.3709.459


If the content of serum in the culture medium of exponentially growing Chinese hamster cells is below optimum (15 percent), the doubling time and the resistance to x-irradiation of the cells are increased. In synchronously dividing populations the increase in doubling time is primarily caused by increase in duration of the postmitotic (G1) phase of the cells; this phase is relatively radiation resistant. The response of the cells growing synchronously is related quantitatively to the response of the cells dividing randomly.