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4T1 Cells

4T1 Cells representative image
4T1 Cells representative image

Description:

4T1 (ATCC® CRL-2539™) is a murine mammary carcinoma cell line from a BALB/cfC3H mouse. The cells are adherent and have a epithelial morphology. 4T1 cells will form tumors and spontaneous metastases post implantation into syngenic BALB/c mice or immunocompromised mice, which very closely mimic stage IV human breast cancer.

Usage Information:

4T1 cells are suitable for in vitro and in vivo experimentation. Both syngenic BALB/c mice and immunocompromised mice can be used for in life studies, and will form tumors and spontaneous metastases following implantation of the cells. Depending on the route of inoculation (see below), implanted 4T1 cells can metastasize to the lung, liver, lymph nodes, and brain, and micro-metastatic cells can be detected in many distant organs. 

The following chart provides some examples of 4T1 cells used for tumor formation and studies.

Route of Implantation

Mice

Tumor/Metastases

References

Subcutaneous

BALB/c

Subcutaneous tumor, lung metastases

Filatenkov et al. (2014) Radiation Res 182: 163-169.

Intracardiac

BALB/c

Bone metastases

Lee et al. (2014) Biochem Pharm 91: 51-60.

Zhang et al. (2012) Cancer Gen Therapy 19:630-636.

Orthotopic

BALB/c

Mammary tumor, Bone and lung metastases

Michigami et al. (2002) Breast Cancer Res Treat 75: 249-258.

Orthotopic

Nude

Mammary tumor, lung metastases

Wang et al. (2014) Biomaterials 35: 8374-8384.

 

Subcutaneous (mammary gland)

BALB/c

Mammary tumor, lung, liver, lymph node, blood, and brain metastases

Pulaski and Ostrand-Rosenberg (1998) Cancer Res 58:1486-1493.

Tail vein

BALB/c

Lung metastases

Thion et al. (2015) J National Cancer Institute 107

Jiang et al. (2014) Cancer Biol Ther 15: 789-796.

Note: The above information is based on available data from the indicated references. It is not meant to be comprehensive and Imanis has not directly tested each condition.

Stable reporter cell lines: 

Our 4T1 reporter cell lines can be tracked in vivo, making them great tools for studying the mechanisms of tumor growth and metastasis, as well as evaluating the effects of various drugs or therapies in animals. Our 4T1 cells are available with a variety of different reporters, including the murine sodium iodide symporter (mNIS), firefly luciferase (Fluc), enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP), or near-infrared fluorescent protein (iRFP). Several dual reporter 4T1 cell lines are available to facilitate multi-modality imaging.

In order to ensure high, constitutive expression of the reporter proteins, our cell lines are generated by lentivirus transduction. The lentivirus vectors used for these transductions are self-inactivating (SIN) vectors in which the viral enhancer and promoter has been deleted. This increases the biosafety of the lentiviruses by preventing mobilization of replication competent viruses (Miyoshi et al., J Virol. 1998). 

For more information about a specific reporter and its uses, click on the photos below.

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