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Frontiers of Medicine

ISSN 2095-0217

ISSN 2095-0225(Online)

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Front Med    2014, Vol. 8 Issue (1) : 101-105     DOI: 10.1007/s11684-014-0315-5
Methodologies for the establishment of an orthotopic transplantation model of ovarian cancer in mice
Cunjian Yi1(), Lei Zhang1, Fayun Zhang2, Li Li1, Shengrong Ling1, Xiaowen Wang1, Xiangqiong Liu1, Wei Liang2()
1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, First Affiliated Hospital of the Yangtze University, Jingzhou 434000, China; 2. Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
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This study used different methods to establish an animal model of orthotopic transplantation for ovarian cancer to provide an accurate simulation of the mechanism by which tumor occurs and develops in the human body. We implanted 4T1 breast cancer cells stably-transfected with luciferase into BALB/c mice by using three types of orthotopic transplantation methodologies: (1) cultured cells were directly injected into the mouse ovary; (2) cell suspension was initially implanted under the skin of the mouse neck; after tumor mass formed, the tumor was removed and ground into cell suspension, which was then injected into the mouse ovary; and (3) a subcutaneous tumor mass was first generated, removed, and cut into small pieces, which were directly implanted into the mouse ovary. After these models were established, in vivo luminescence imaging was performed. Results and data were compared among groups. Orthotopic transplantation model established with subcutaneous tumor piece implantation showed a better simulation of tumor development and invasion in mice. This model also displayed negligible response to artificial factors. This study successfully established an orthotopic transplantation model of ovarian cancer with high rates of tumor formation and metastasis by using subcutaneous tumor pieces. This study also provided a methodological basis for future establishment of an animal model of ovarian cancer in humans.

Keywords ovarian cancer      orthotopic transplantation      animal model     
Corresponding Authors: Yi Cunjian,; Liang Wei,   
Issue Date: 26 April 2014
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Fig.1  luminescence imaging of BALB/c mouse tumor models by transplanting 4T1-LUC cells. (A) Subcutaneous tumor model; (B) Orthotopic transplantation model using cultured cell suspension; (C) Orthotopic transplantation model using cells ground from subcutaneous tumor mass; (D) Orthotopic transplantation model using tumor pieces dissected from subcutaneous tumor mass.
Fig.2  luminescence imaging of orthotopic transplantation model using tumor pieces dissected from subcutaneous tumor mass. (A) 10 d, (B) 20 d, (C) 50 d, and (D) 50 d with opened abdominal cavity.
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