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Title: Loss of a reporter gene for green fluorescent protein during tumor progression suggests the recruitment of host cells in rats with experimentally induced colon cancer
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Murcia : F. Hernández
ISSN: 0213-3911
Related subjects: 616 - Patología. Medicina clínica. Oncología
Keywords: Cancer
Abstract: The interactions between a host’s normal cells and tumor cells appear to be of significant importance during the development of tumors. In the present study, we examined this issue using a cancer model in vivo in which tumor cells were tagged with a reporter gene for green fluorescent protein (GFP). We used a model of colon cancer in immunocompetent rats, which were given a subcutaneous injection of tumor cells that had been transfected with a gene for GFP. We found that the number of fluorescent cells decreased with the progression of the primary tumors and that lymph node and lung metastases were never macroscopically fluorescent. No GFP-encoding sequences were detected by PCR in many of the longterm primary tumors, in most lymph node metastases (86%) and in all lung metastases, whereas the detection of mutated k-ras, which identified such cells as tumor cells, was always positive. To explain these findings, we present a brief review of the literature and postulate that tumor growth did not occur exclusively as a result of the division of the injected cells, but also involved recruitment of host cells.
Primary author: García-Olmo, Dolores C.
Samos, Julia
Picazo, María G.
Published in: Histology and histopathology
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Number of pages / Extensions: 7
Rights: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
Appears in Collections:Vol.23,nº10 (2008)

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