Establishment of three-dimensional cultures of human pancreatic duct epithelial cells.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Three-dimensional (3D) cultures of epithelial cells offer singular advantages for studies of morphogenesis or the role of cancer genes in oncogenesis. In this study, as part of establishing a 3D culture system of pancreatic duct epithelial cells, we compared human pancreatic duct epithelial cells (HPDE-E6E7) with pancreatic cancer cell lines. Our results show, that in contrast to cancer cells, HPDE-E6E7 organized into spheroids with what appeared to be apical and basal membranes and a luminal space. Immunostaining experiments indicated that protein kinase Akt was phosphorylated (Ser473) and CTMP, a negative Akt regulator, was expressed in both HPDE-E6E7 and cancer cells. However, a nuclear pool of CTMP was detectable in HPDE-E6E7 cells that showed a dynamic concentrated expression pattern, a feature that further distinguished HPDE-E637 cells from cancer cells. Collectively, these data suggest that 3D cultures of HPDE-E6E7 cells are useful for investigating signaling and morphological abnormalities in pancreatic cancer cells.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gutierrez-Barrera, AM; Menter, DG; Abbruzzese, JL; Reddy, SAG

Published Date

  • July 6, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 358 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 698 - 703

PubMed ID

  • 17512909

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2562614

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-291X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.bbrc.2007.04.166


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States