Animal age-, dose- and cell line-dependent growth of human neuroblastoma in nude mice: A statistical analysis

Gian Luigi Mariottini, Paolo G. Montaldo, Francesco Copello

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Abstract

Cells lines from human neuroblastoma (NB) and T/lymphoma (T-L) were injected subcutaneously (sc) in female CD1 nu/nu athymic nude mice. Results obtained after the observation of tumour growth were statistically analyzed by SAS. The following four parameters were considered: 1) dose of injected cells, 2) type of injected tumour (NB or T-L), 3) age of mice after individuation of three groups of animals (group A, 4-9 weeks old, group B, 9-20 weeks old, group C, >20 weeks old), 4) injected cell line within the same tumour type. Latency time (LT), corresponding to the interval between cell inoculum and the appearance of a 5 mm diameter subcutaneous mass, and survival time (ST), corresponding to the interval between cell inoculum and the appearance of a 20 mm diameter subcutaneous tumour mass, were considered to evaluate tumour growth. Results showed that mass progression is affected by the number of injected cells and both LT and ST are age- and dose-dependent; furthermore, significant differences were recorded by using different NB and T-L cell lines. Group C showed longer LT than other groups; group B animals showed a statistically significant longer ST than groups A and C (p <0.001). Our results indicate that growth of human NB in athymic mice is faster in young animals, which also show a significantly poorer prognosis, while better ST was observed in old and middle-aged animals. Results show statistically significant differences of both LT and ST in animals differing in age and in animals inoculated with different cell amounts. These results seem not to be related with biological properties of NB cells too, since neither the occurrence of MYCN amplification nor chromosome 1p deletion significantly modified such behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-327
Number of pages15
JournalRivista di Biologia - Biology Forum
Volume97
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Keywords

  • Neuroblastoma
  • Nude mouse
  • SAS
  • T/lymphoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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