In Vivo Behavior of Murine Epidermal Cell Lines Derived from Initiated and Noninitiated Skin

C. J. Conti, J. W. Fries, A. Viaje, D. R. Miller, R. Morris

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The in vivo behavior of cell cultures derived from normal and carcin-ogen-treated mouse epidermis was studied by implanting the cultures in a s.c. vascularized bed protected by a silicone chamber. Cells derived from normal adult mouse epidermis as well as cells derived from tumor-promoter-treated skin were unable to grow in these systems. Conversely, cell lines derived from skin initiated with single doses of N-methyl-N'-nitro-N-nitrosoguanidine or 9,10-dimethyl-1,2-benzanthracene proliferated in these chambers, reforming an epithelial structure. The type of structure in the chambers varied, ranging from formation of almost normal epithelia to atypical invasive behavior. The variable in vivo behavior among the different cell lines may be attributed to the initiation agent, the number of passages of the cultures, random genetic events, the strain of mouse, or a combination of these factors. Most of the cell types used in this study and all the cell lines that were able to grow in these chambers were selected for resistance to Ca-induced terminal differentiation. However, resistance to terminal differentiation according to the Ca2+ switch does not always correlate with the ability to grow in the chambers, since cell lines derived from spontaneous foci of resistance failed to grow in this system. These studies showed some of the possibilities of the SC silicone chambers to study the histogenic potential of cell lines derived from carcinogen-treated epidermis. This system also appears suitable to study the complex relationship between epidermal cells and specialized (der-mal) stroma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)435-439
Number of pages5
JournalCancer Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


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