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Comp Med 2011 Jun;61(3):243-50

Heterogeneity of the tumorigenic phenotype expressed by Madin-Darby canine kidney cells.

Omeir RL, Teferedegne B, Foseh GS, Beren JJ, Snoy PJ, Brinster LR, Cook JL, Peden K, Lewis AM Jr


The mechanisms by which cells spontaneously immortalized in tissue culture develop the capacity to form tumors in vivo likely embody fundamental processes in neoplastic development. The evolution of Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells from presumptively normal kidney cells to immortalized cells that become tumorigenic represents an example of neoplastic development in vitro. Studies of the mechanisms by which spontaneously immortalized cells develop the capacity to form tumors would benefit from quantitative in vivo assays. Most mechanistic correlations are evaluated by using single-dose tumor-induction experiments, which indicate only whether cells are or are not tumorigenic. Here we used quantitative tumorigenicity assays to measure dose-and time-dependent tumor development in nude mice of 3 lots of unmodified MDCK cells. The results revealed lot-to-lot variations in the tumorigenicity of MDCK cells, which were reflected by their tumor-inducing efficiency (threshold cell dose represented by mean tumor-producing dose; log(10) 50% endpoints of 5.2 for vial 1 and 4.4 for vial 2, and a tumor-producing dose of 5.8 for vial 3) and mean tumor latency (vial 1,6.6 wk; vial 2,2.9 wk; and vial 3,3.8 wk). These studies provide a reference for further characterization of the MDCK cell neoplastic phenotype and may be useful in delineating aspects of neoplastic development in vitro that determine tumor-forming capacity. Such data also are useful when considering MDCK cells as a reagent for vaccine manufacture.

Category: Journal Article
PubMed ID: #21819694
PubMed Central ID: #PMC3123757
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Biologics
Entry Created: 2011-10-04 Entry Last Modified: 2019-10-27