Selective culture of epithelial cells from primary breast carcinomas using irradiated 3T3 cells as feeder layer

Authors: Wang, Chang ShuGoulet, FrancineTremblay, NathalieGermain, LucieAuger, François A.Têtu, Bernard
Abstract: The main drawback of the selective culture of human mammary epithelial cells from primary breast cancer is the overgrowth of tumor-associated stromal fibroblasts. This drawback may be overcome by using, in primary culture, lethally irradiated 3T3 cells which act as a feeder layer to maintain tumor-derived epithelial cell proliferation. These 3T3 cells, exposed to 60 Gy at confluence, form a specific cellular substrate which constitutes an obstacle to fibroblast attachment. Enzyme-disaggregated breast cells from six primary breast carcinomas were cocultured over lethally irradiated but living 3T3 cells. The method led to the purification of tumor-derived epithelial cells from all six cancer samples, and long-term culture was obtained in one. The epithelial nature of these purified tumor-derived epithelial cells was demonstrated by their general morphology and by the expression of cytokeratins and Epithelial Membrane Antigen. These results confirm the stimulatory effect of a this stromal feeder layer on breast epithelial cell growth and show that this stromal feeder layer can also control the fibroblast overgrowth. Our results provide an alternative approach in the selective culture of epithelial cells from primary breast carcinoma.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 1 March 2001
Open Access Date: Restricted access
Document version: VoR
This document was published in: Pathology, research and practice, Vol. 197 (3), 175–181 (2001)
Alternative version: 10.1078/0344-0338-00030
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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