Animal model for mammary tumor growth in the bone microenvironment

Mitsuru Futakuchi, Rakesh K Singh

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Abstract

Advanced breast cancer commonly spreads to the bones, lungs, liver or brain, and bone is the most common site of breast cancer metastasis. Nearly all patients with advanced breast cancer develop bone metastasis and suffer from serious bone metastasis-associated complications, including chronic pain, fracture, spinal cord compression and hypercalcemia. Metastasis formation in the bone is a complex process that requires cooperative reciprocal interactions between tumor cells and the cellular environment of the bone, which includes osteoclasts and osteoblasts. We have developed a murine bone invasion model of breast cancer, which required a simple surgical technique and mimics the biology of the disease. Osteolytic and/or osteoblastic lesions induced in the tumor-bone interface allowed us to explore cellular and molecular interactions between malignant cells and skeletal tissue in a syngeneic setting. In this review, we will discuss a different animal model that provides a consistent and reproducible platform for investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying tumor-bone interaction and breast cancer-induced osteolytic changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-203
Number of pages9
JournalBreast Cancer
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013

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Bone Development
Animal Models
Breast Neoplasms
Bone and Bones
Neoplasm Metastasis
Bone Neoplasms
Neoplasms
Spinal Cord Compression
Hypercalcemia
Osteoclasts
Osteoblasts
Osteogenesis
Chronic Pain
Lung
Liver
Brain

Keywords

  • Bone metastasis
  • Mammary tumor
  • Osteolysis
  • Transforming growth factorβ
  • Tumor-stromal interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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Animal model for mammary tumor growth in the bone microenvironment. / Futakuchi, Mitsuru; Singh, Rakesh K.

In: Breast Cancer, Vol. 20, No. 3, 01.07.2013, p. 195-203.

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Futakuchi, Mitsuru ; Singh, Rakesh K. / Animal model for mammary tumor growth in the bone microenvironment. In: Breast Cancer. 2013 ; Vol. 20, No. 3. pp. 195-203.
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