Locomotion through three-dimentional type I rat tail collagen. A modified mini-assay

H. Gutman*, D. Risin, B. P. Katz, N. R. Pellis

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There is an increased application of three-dimensional type I rat tail collagen as an in vitro model for the peritumoral matrix in analysis of lymphocyte migration. The increased demand prompted us to modify the previous methods. We here describe our 'mini'-setup of the collagen model assay, which uses only 1 20 the amount of collagen medium and the number of cells used in the conventional assay. The modified assay was tested for optimal collagen concentration in gel for upward and downward migration, for locomotion from a collagen-gel bead into a collagen overlayer for demonstration of the effect of inhibitors and for differentiation between locomotory properties of lymphocyte subpopulations. The results verify that the mini-assay is an applicable in vitro model, easily read and amenable to limited blood samples such as those obtained from cancer patients, and reflects well known in vivo events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-180
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Immunological Methods
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 4 Jan 1993
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
Gillson Lon-genbaugh Foundation
Texas Coordinating Board Advanced Technology Program000015-131
National Institutes of HealthRR5511
National Cancer InstituteCA-09599
Israel Cancer Association
Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University


    • Interstitium
    • Locomotion
    • Locomotion inhibitor
    • Lymphocyte
    • Protease
    • Tumor matrix
    • Type I collagen


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