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Microsc Microanal. 2003 Dec;9(6):532-41.

Angioarchitecture of tumors induced by two different cloned cell lines established from a transplantable rat malignant fibrous histiocytoma.

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  • 1Kawanishi Pharma Research Institute, Nippon Boehringer Ingelheim Co., Ltd., 3-10-1 Yato, Kawanishi, Hyogo 666-0193, Japan.


Angiogenesis, a biologic process whereby endothelial cells divide and migrate to form new blood vessels, is a key step in tumor growth, invasion, and metastasis. In the present study, we investigated the differences in angioarchitecture between two different tumors induced by cloned cell lines (MT-8 and MT-9), derived from a transplantable rat malignant fibrous histiocytoma, by scanning electron microscopy of vascular corrosion casts. During a 3-week observation period after implantation, the growth of MT-8 tumors appeared to be faster than that of MT-9 tumors. Histologically, MT-8 tumors were of the uniformly undifferentiated sarcoma type arranged in characteristic organoid structures, and MT-9 tumors showed a storiform growth pattern. In MT-8 tumors, neovascularization occurred by sprouting at postimplantation (PI) week 1, and the newly formed capillaries gradually became more tortuous. In MT-9 tumors, at PI week 1, the corrosion casts of newly formed capillaries mainly showed a wavy course but no finger-like outgrowths of capillaries were seen. At PI weeks 2 and 3, the sprouting was seen specifically in MT-9 tumors, forming basket-like structures and glomeruloid structures of capillaries. These results indicate that angiogenesis or angioarchitecture of MT-8 tumors is different from that of MT-9 tumors, depending on the differences in their tumor histology and by the features like absence or presence of basket-like structures and glomeruloid structures of capillaries.

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