Invasive activities of metastasizing and nonmetastasizing tumor cell variants in vitro. II. Studies on confrontations with aorta, vein, ductus thoracicus, diaphragm, and lung.

S. Paku, H. O. Werling, P. Aulenbacher, N. Paweletz, E. Spiess

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In continuation of a previous paper (1), we have prolonged the time of confrontation of two rat tumor cell variants (BSp73 AS and ASML) with normal epithelial cells and broadened the spectrum of confrontation partners. In addition to the aorta we have also used small veins, the ductus thoracicus as a lymphatic vessel, the diaphragm, and lung fragments. The organ sections were preserved for a longer period of time by incubating them in a gyratory shaker. Under these conditions the vessel material and diaphragm remained morphologically intact for up to 12 hrs; lung cubes concealed the cut surfaces by immediate wound healing, and were preserved intact for up to 40 days. All endothelia and the mesothelium of the diaphragm were destroyed by the nonmetastasizing AS cells, but the basal lamina remained intact by morphological criteria even after 18 hrs of exposure to the AS cells. The metastasizing ASML cells attached by filopodia mostly to the basal lamina of the vessels, but were unable to destroy neither the endothelia nor the basal lamina. The superficial cell layers of the lung cubes, however, were penetrated by the cells of both tumor lines, but to a different degree.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-26
Number of pages10
JournalAnticancer research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1986


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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