Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry

New ex-ovo colorectal-cancer models from different SdFFF-sorted tumor-initiating cells.

PMID 26427501


Despite effective treatments, relapse of colorectal cancer (CRC) is frequent, in part caused by the existence of tumor-initiating cells (TICs). Different subtypes of TICs, quiescent and activated, coexist in tumors, defining the tumor aggressiveness and therapeutic response. These subtypes have been sorted by hyperlayer sedimentation field-flow fractionation (SdFFF) from WiDr and HCT116 cell lines. On the basis of a new strategy, including TIC SdFFF sorting, 3D Matrigel amplification, and grafting of corresponding TIC colonies on the chick chorioallantoic membrane (CAM), specific tumor matrices could be obtained. If tumors had similar architectural structure with vascularization by the host system, they had different proliferative indices in agreement with their initial quiescent or activated state. Protein analysis also revealed that tumors obtained from a population enriched for "activated" TICs lost "stemness" properties and became invasive. In contrast, tumors obtained from a population enriched for "quiescent" TICs kept their stemness properties and seemed to be less proliferative and invasive. Then, it was possible to produce different kinds of tumor which could be used as selective supports to study carcinogenesis and therapy sensitivity.