Method for the generation and cultivation of functional three-dimensional mammary constructs without exogenous extracellular matrix
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Harding, Frances Jane
Timmins, Nicholas E
Smart, Chanel E
Brown, Matthew A
Nielsen, Lars K
During puberty, pregnancy, lactation and post-lactation, breast tissue undergoes extensive remodelling and the disruption of these events can lead to cancer. In vitro studies of mammary tissue and its malignant transformation regularly employ mammary epithelial cells cultivated on matrigel or floating collagen rafts. In these cultures, mammary epithelial cells assemble into three-dimensional structures resembling in vivo acini. We present a novel technique for generating functional mammary constructs without the use of matrix substitutes.
Timmins, N.E., Harding, F.J., Smart, C., Brown, M.A. and Nielsen, K. (2005). Method for the generation and cultivation of functional three-dimensional mammary constructs without exogenous extracellular matrix. Cell and Tissue Research, 320(1) pp. 207-210.