The formation and propagation of several subpopulations of human melanoma cells from a heterogeneous parental population was accomplished with the use of the Membrane Invasion Culture System (MICS) in vitro under sterile conditions. Five sequentially selected subpopulations of melanoma cells showed an increasing ability to do the following: a) invade reconstituted basement membranes in vitro; b) form experimental lung metastases in vivo; and c) express steady-state levels of human type IV collagenase, a marker for metastatic potential. In addition, the morphology and expression of 35S-methionine-labeled cell surface proteins changed with sequential selection. The adaptation of the MICS assay for studying tumor cell subpopulations allows the morphological, biochemical and molecular characterization of events associated with tumor progression in an in vitro model.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Sep 26 1990|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)