Seeding and propagation of untransformed mouse mammary cells in the lung Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Epithelial Cells
  • Lung Neoplasms
  • Mammary Glands, Animal
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Neoplasm Seeding
  • Oncogenes


  • The acquisition of metastatic ability by tumor cells is considered a late event in the evolution of malignant tumors. We report that untransformed mouse mammary cells that have been engineered to express the inducible oncogenic transgenes MYC and Kras(D12), or polyoma middle T, and introduced into the systemic circulation of a mouse can bypass transformation at the primary site and develop into metastatic pulmonary lesions upon immediate or delayed oncogene induction. Therefore, previously untransformed mammary cells may establish residence in the lung once they have entered the bloodstream and may assume malignant growth upon oncogene activation. Mammary cells lacking oncogenic transgenes displayed a similar capacity for long-term residence in the lungs but did not form ectopic tumors.

publication date

  • September 26, 2008



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC2694414

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1126/science.1161621

PubMed ID

  • 18755941

Additional Document Info

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