Spontaneous metastasis of cells of the human prostate carcinoma cell line PC-3 in athymic nude mice.
Spontaneous metastasis and extensive invasiveness were observed in athymic nude mice injected with human prostatic carcinoma cells of the PC-3 line or heterotransplants of nude mouse supported PC-3 tumor. In 3 experimental series, 60, 63 and 50 per cent of the nude mice receiving subcutaneous inoculations of PC-3 cells or tumor heterotransplants developed 1 or more lymphatic tumor metastases. Examination of metaphase-arrested cells recovered from the metastatic sites confirmed the tumor origin as human in each case. Cells recovered from 1 nude mouse supported subline, MPC-3-10, frequently exhibited double minute chromosomes in addition to the typical PC-3 chromosomal profile. These observations provide the foundation for a study of the relationship between prostate carcinoma cell characteristics and lymphatic metastasis in the nude mouse.
Ware, JL; Paulson, DF; Mickey, GH; Webb, KS
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