Evaluation of tissue factor expression in canine tumor cells

Tracy Stokol, Janelle L. Daddona, Lamya S. Mubayed, Jakob Trimpert, Sungkwon Kang

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Objective-To determine whether canine tumor cell lines express functional tissue factor and shed tissue factor-containing microparticles. Sample-Cell lines derived from tumors of the canine mammary gland (CMT12 and CMT25), pancreas (P404), lung (BACA), prostate gland (Ace-1), bone (HMPOS, D-17, and OS2.4), and soft tissue (A72); from normal canine renal epithelium (MDCK); and from a malignant human mammary tumor (MDA-MB-231). Procedures-Tissue factor mRNA and antigen expression were evaluated in cells by use of canine-specifc primers in a reverse transcriptase PCR assay and a rabbit polyclonal anti-human tissue factor antibody in fow cytometric and immunofuorescent microscopic assays, respectively. Tissue factor procoagulant activity on cell surfaces, in whole cell lysates, and in microparticle pellets was measured by use of an activated factor X- dependent chromogenic assay. Results-Canine tissue factor mRNA was identifed in all canine tumor cells. All canine tumor cells expressed intracellular tissue factor; however, the HMPOS and D-17 osteosarcoma cells lacked surface tissue factor expression and activity. The highest tissue factor expression and activity were observed in canine mammary tumor cells and pulmonary carcinoma cells (BACA). These 3 tumors also shed tissue factor-bearing microparticles into tissue culture supernatants. Conclusions and Clinical Relevance-Tissue factor was constitutively highly expressed in canine tumor cell lines, particularly those derived from epithelial tumors. Because tumor-associated tissue factor can promote tumor growth and metastasis in human patients, high tissue factor expression could affect the in vivo biological behavior of these tumors in dogs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1097-1106
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican journal of veterinary research
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2011


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