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Quantitative Analysis of human Cancer Cell Extravasation Using Intravital Imaging

Methods Mol Biol. 2016;1458:27-37

Willetts L, Bond D, Stoletov 1, Lewis JD

Abstract

Metastasis, or the spread of cancer cells from a primary tumor to distant sites, is the leading cause of cancer-associated death. Metastasis is a complex multi-step process comprised of invasion, intravasation, survival in circulation, extravasation, and formation of metastatic colonies. Currently, in vitro assays are limited in their ability to investigate these intricate processes and do not faithfully reflect metastasis as it occurs in vivo. Traditional in vivo models of metastasis are limited by their ability to visualize the seemingly sporadic behavior of where and when cancer cells spread (Reymond et al., Nat Rev Cancer 13:858-870, 2013). The avian embryo model of metastasis is a powerful platform to study many of the critical steps in the metastatic cascade including the migration, extravasation, and invasion of human cancer cells in vivo (Sung et al., Nat Commun 6:7164, 2015; Leong et al., Cell Rep 8, 1558-1570, 2014; Kain et al., Dev Dyn 243:216-28, 2014; Leong et al., Nat Protoc 5:1406-17, 2010; Zijlstra et al., Cancer Cell 13:221-234, 2008; Palmer et al., J Vis Exp 51:2815, 2011). The chicken chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) is a readily accessible and well-vascularized tissue that surrounds the developing embryo. When the chicken embryo is grown in a shell-less, ex ovo environment, the nearly transparent CAM provides an ideal environment for high-resolution fluorescent microcopy approaches. In this model, the embryonic chicken vasculature and labeled cancer cells can be visualized simultaneously to investigate specific steps in the metastatic cascade including extravasation. When combined with the proper image analysis tools, the ex ovo chicken embryo model offers a cost-effective and high-throughput platform for the quantitative analysis of tumor cell metastasis in a physiologically relevant in vivo setting. Here we discuss detailed procedures to quantify cancer cell extravasation in the shell-less chicken embryo model with advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques.

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Kaye Fund Awards: Congratulations to our APCaRI members!

University Hospital Foundation – Kaye Fund Awards

Congratulations to two APCaRI principal investigators; Dr. John Lewis and Dr. Frank Wuest for their 2018 Kaye Fund Awards! From an initial field of 80 applicants, 7 Kaye Fund Awards in total were given to medical researchers studying a diverse array of health-relevant topics of huge importance to Albertans and the rest of the world alike.

John Lewis’ project is titled “Improving the Management of Prostate Cancer Using Advanced Biofluid Diagnostics” and Frank Wuest’s project is “Novel Radiolabeled PSMA Inhibitors for Clinical PET Imaging of Prostate Cancer”. Both projects are poised to greatly improve prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment in the near future.

The University of Alberta Hospital (UAH), Kaye Edmonton Clinic (KEC) and the University Hospital Foundation (UHF) launched the Kaye Fund Competition in the fall of 2017. Recipients of this inaugural competition were announced July 4th, 2018. The Kaye Fund Competition aims to support individuals or collaborative, inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams in the pursuit of research, innovation and quality improvement projects that will establish new approaches to patient care.

The Kaye Fund Award is funded by a transformational $30 million donation from Mr. Donald Kaye. This gift is directed to advancing patient care and medical research to the Kaye Edmonton Clinic, and remains one of largest donations in the history of Canadian healthcare philanthropy.

Mr. Donald Kaye

Through his naming gift to the University Hospital Foundation, Donald Kaye has transformed years of hard work, prudent decision-making and wise investing into one of the largest donations in the history of Canadian healthcare philanthropy. And in doing so, Mr. Kaye is advancing patient care and medical research in a way that is both intently focused, and broadly based.  

 

 

- Perrin Beatty