The Department of Biomedicine

BBB seminar: Bruce C. Baguley

What can freshly cultured cancer cells tell us about human cancer behaviour?

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Bruce C. Baguley
Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Human tumour cell lines are used extensively as models for neoplastic disease, but do they accurately reflect all of the tumour’s properties? We investigated this question by directly culturing surgical material in 7-day assays. Surprisingly, we found that while some cultures grew at rates that were comparable to those of cell lines, others grew very slowly. Moreover, the proliferation rates were related to patient survival. We suggest that differences in tumour cell turnover, and in the resulting production of apoptotic cells, plays an important role in determining clinical outcome.

Chairperson: James B. Lorens, Department of Biomedicine