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Chronic inflammation drives initiation of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but the underlying mechanisms linking inflammation and tumor formation remain obscure. In this study, Xenograft tumor assay was used to determine the tumorigenic activity of hepatoma cells with ISX over expression on nude mice in vivo.

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Xenograft Tumor Growth Assay

Cancer Biology > Proliferative signaling > Animal models > Proliferation analysis
Authors: Li-Ting Wang
Li-Ting WangAffiliation: Graduate Institute of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Bio-protocol author page: a924
 and Shih-Hsien Hsu
Shih-Hsien HsuAffiliation: Graduate Institute of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
For correspondence: jackhsu@kmu.edu.tw
Bio-protocol author page: a545
Vol 3, Iss 20, 10/20/2013, 3191 views, 0 Q&A, How to cite
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21769/BioProtoc.948

[Abstract] Chronic inflammation drives initiation of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but the underlying mechanisms linking inflammation and tumor formation remain obscure. In this study, Xenograft tumor assay was used to determine the tumorigenic activity of hepatoma cells with ISX over expression on nude mice in vivo.

Materials and Reagents

  1. HCC cells (Hep G2: ATCC® HB-8065TM and Hep 3B: ATCC® HB-8064TM)
  2. CAnN.Cg-Foxn1nu/CrlBltw Nude mice
  3. ISX fused with GFP or ISX shRNAi expression constructs
  4. PBS (MDBio)
  5. 2.5% Trypsin (10x) (Gibco , catalog number: 15090-046)
  6. MEM Culture medium (Gibco, catalog number: 61100-061)

Equipment

  1. 100 mm2 plate
  2. 15 ml conical tubes
  3. Centrifuge (Beckman Coulter)
  4. Eppendorf
  5. 1 ml syringes (0.45 x 13 mm)
  6. Tissue culture hood
  7. Caliper (Digital Caliper)

Procedure

  1. HCC cells were transfected with ISX fused with GFP or ISX shRNAi expression constructs and selected into stable clones.
  2. Determining the cells number for injection. 5 x 107 cells per ml will be required to trypsinizing (usually a 100% confluent plate of 100 mm2 will yield at least 6 injections at 5 x 106 cells/injection).
  3. Trypsinizing the cells with 1x trypsin solution from needed number of plates to be counted all at once.
  4. Collecting the detached cells in 15 ml conical tubes and spin for 3 min at 300 x g.
  5. To remove the supernatant and re-suspend the cells with 3 ml of culture medium for counting.
  6. To remove three 10 μl aliquots into 3 separate eppendorfs and dilute each 10 μl 1:100 by adding 990 μl of culture medium, mix well for counting.
  7. Then, to remove 10 μl of 1:10 dilutions for counting, counting each of three dilutions and average the three numbers.
  8. Determining the concentration of cells in cells/ml by using the following formula: Average counts x 10,000 x dilution factor (1,000) = #cells/ml.
  9. Determining the volume required to add to achieve final concentration of cells for injection per volume to be injected (i.e. 5 x 106 cells/ml injections).
  10. Spin down 15 ml conical for 3 min at 300 x g.
  11. Discard supernatant and re-suspend the pellet in the previously determined volume from step 8.
  12. Draw up each injection/mouse in 1 ml syringes in the tissue culture hood prior to going to the animal facility. Place the separate syringes each containing 200 μl on ice.
  13. The tumor volume was estimated according to the formula: volume (cm3) = 1/2(L x W2), where L and W are the length and width of the tumor, respectively.

Acknowledgments

This protocol was adapted from Hsu et al. (2013).

References

  1. Hsu, S. H., Wang, L. T., Lee, K. T., Chen, Y. L., Liu, K. Y., Suen, J. L., Chai, C. Y. and Wang, S. N. (2013). Proinflammatory homeobox gene, ISX, regulates tumor growth and survival in hepatocellular carcinoma. Cancer Res 73(2): 508-518.


How to cite this protocol: Wang, L. and Hsu, S. (2013). Xenograft Tumor Growth Assay. Bio-protocol 3(20): e948. DOI: 10.21769/BioProtoc.948; Full Text



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