Accession Number : AD1012985


Title :   Understanding Collagen Organization in Breast Tumors to Predict and Prevent Metastasis


Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 Sep 2009,31 Aug 2015


Corporate Author : University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester United States


Personal Author(s) : Brown,Edward


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1012985.pdf


Report Date : 01 Nov 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 221


Abstract : The ordering of collagen fibers within a tumor has significant influence on tumor metastasis: in murine breast tumor models, tumor cells move towards blood vessels along fibers that are visible via second harmonic generation (SHG), and SHG is exquisitely sensitive to molecular ordering. Tumor cells that are moving along SHG-producing (i.e. ordered) collagen fibers move significantly faster than those cells that are moving independently of SHG-producing fibers, and the extent of SHG-associated tumor cell motility is correlated with metastatic ability of the tumor model. Furthermore, the tumor-host interface of murine breast tumor models is characterized by radially oriented SHG-producing fibers associated with tumor cells invading the surrounding tissue. Consequently we believe that the process of establishing ordered fibers offers an exciting, and currently unexploited, therapeutic target. To take advantage of this, we must first learn the cellular players and molecular signals by which collagen ordering is induced. Therefore, in this application we propose to determine the key cells and signals which influence the ordering of collagen in breast tumors, determine if this ordering is predictive of metastasis, and develop new optical tools to study this ordering.


Descriptors :   breast cancer , neoplasms , cancer research , Collagen , metastasis , cells(biology) , Microscopy , targets , therapeutics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE