MCF-10A-NeoST: A new cell system for studying cell-ECM and cell-cell interactions in breast cancer

N. Dodge Zantek, J. Walker-Daniels, J. Stewart, R. K. Hansen, D. Robinson, H. Miao, B. Wang, Hsing-Jien Kung, M. J. Bissell, M. S. Kinch

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Purpose: There is a continuing need for genetically matched cell systems to model cellular behaviors that are frequently observed in aggressive breast cancers. Experimental Design: We report here the isolation and initial characterization of a spontaneously arising variant of MCF-10A cells, NeoST, which provides a new model to study cell adhesion and signal transduction in breast cancer. Results: NeoST cells recapitulate important biological and biochemical features of metastatic breast cancer, including anchorage-independent growth, invasiveness in three-dimensional reconstituted membranes, loss of E-cadherin expression, and increased tyrosine kinase activity. A comprehensive analysis of tyrosine kinase expression revealed overexpression or functional activation of the Axl, FAK, and EphA2 tyrosine kinases in transformed MCF-10A cells. Conclusions: MCF-10A and these new derivatives provide a genetically matched model to study defects in cell adhesion and signaling that are relevant to cellular behaviors that often typify aggressive breast cancer cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3640-3648
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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