We undertook a comparative study of the effects of the hormone hydrocortisone (Hy) on C6 glioma cells grown in monolayer and in suspension in cultures. We found Hy reversibly renders C6 cells anchorage- and serum-dependent for their growth. In monolayer cultures, Hy was found to inhibit cell cycle traversing exclusively at G1 phase. In agarose suspension, Hy was found to block colony development. Hy-resistant variants were selected and isolated in agarose suspension. Examination of these variants showed that cells selected for Hy-resistance in suspension can be Hy sensitive when anchored to a solid substrate. We conclude that resistance to Hy in suspension and resistance to it in monolayer culture are two independent phenotypes.

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