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Cancer Res. 1981 Mar;41(3):927-32.

N-butyl-N-(4-hydroxybutyl)nitrosamine-induced urinary bladder cancer in C57BL/6 X DBA/2 F1 mice as a useful model for study of chemoprevention of cancer with retinoids.


Highly invasive carcinomas of the urinary bladder were induced in male C57BL/6 X DBA/2 F1 (hereafter called B6D2F1) mice by gastric intubation of N-butyl-(4-hydroxybutyl)nitrosamine (OH-BBN) using a quantitative dosing schedule. Animals received either 5 or 10 mg OH-BBN per intubation, two times each week, for 9 weeks for a total dose of either 90 or 180 mg, and they were killed 6 months after the first carcinogen intubation. Seven days after the final intubation of OH-BBN, animals were fed either a placebo diet or diet supplemented with either 150 or 200 mg 13-cis-retinoic acid per kg of diet. A 41 and 43% incidence of urinary bladder cancer was observed in mice given the low and high dose of carcinogen, respectively, and fed a placebo diet. Sixty-seven % of the carcinomas induced in these animals invaded either into or through the urinary bladder wall. Varying degrees of transitional and either squamous or glandular or both squamous and glandular differentiation were observed in the carcinomas. Feeding of diet supplemented with 13-cis-retinoic acid reduced cancer incidence; the degree of reduction was proportional to the dose of retinoid administered. The highly invasive nature of the carcinomas induced by quantitative administration of OH-BBN in B6D2F1, mice provides a useful animal model of the highly invasive variant of human transitional cell urinary bladder cancer in which to study chemoprevention by retinoids as well as other compounds.

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