Tumors from pancreatic cancer patients were established in NODISClD mice immediately after surgery and subsequently passaged orthotopically in transgenic nude mice ubiquitously expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP). The primary patient tumors acquired GFP-expressing stroma. Subsequent liver metastases, and disseminated peritoneal metastases maintained the stroma from the primary tumor, and possibly recruited additional GFP-expressing stroma, resulting in their very bright fluorescence. The GFP-expressing stroma included cancer-associated fibroblasts and tumor-associated macrophages in both the primary and metastatic tumors. This imageable model of metastasis from a patient-tumor is an important advance over patient "tumorgraft" models currently in use, which are implanted subcutaneously, do not metastasize and are not imageable. The new imageable model of patient pancreatic cancer metastasis provides unique opportunities to identify current and novel antimetastatic therapeutics for individual patients.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - Apr 2012|
- Human-patient pancreatic cancer
- Nude mice
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research