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Current LDF research Winter 2011

2 February 2012

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3D breast cancer model

Dr Debbie Holliday’s project at the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine aims to validate two in vitro models of breast cancer; a 3-dimensional cell culture and a tissue slice model. These are being validated against published data on animal models to show that they are viable replacements. The first 6 months of the project, has resulted in:

Pictured, A member of Dr. Holliday’s team working on our latest project, courtesy D. Holliday.

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In vitro blood brain barrier (BBB) and brain tumour model

Professor Geoffrey Pilkington’s team, using a human in vitro BBB model, is investigating the role of several genes in the spread of cancer cells into the brain. The hypothesis is that genes in different types of cancers affect their propensity to cross the BBB. This research is important as 20-30% of cancers spread to the brain, adversely affecting the patient’s prognosis.

Over the first six months of work, the team at the University of Portsmouth have prepared growing cultures of the component cells used in the 3D BBB model and have obtained a variety of cancer cell lines to use in the experiments, including skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer. These have been cultured, characterised and their gene expression is being identified.

Pictured, A member of Prof. Pilkington’s team working on our latest project, courtesy G. Pilkington.

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Find out more about Prof. Pilkington’s LDF funded project


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