Author(s): Huynh H, Pollak M
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Abstract We have established and partially characterized a spontaneously immortalized bovine mammary epithelial cell line, designated HH2a. The cells express the gene encoding for mammary derived growth inhibitor (MDGI) when grown on released collagen gels in the presence of lactogenic hormones. This is the first report of a cell line that expresses MDGI. Immunohistochemical studies showed that HH2a cells contain keratin intermediate filaments and desmosomes. When plated on confluent monolayer of live fibroblasts, HH2a cells extensively contacted with fibroblasts. When embedded in the collagen gels, they rearranged themselves to produce three-dimensional duct-like outgrowths extending into the matrix. The HH2a cell line should be useful in investigations of the roles of cell-cell and cell-extracellular interactions in regulation of breast epithelial cell proliferation, and of the hormonal regulation of MDGI gene expression.
This article was published in In Vitro Cell Dev Biol Anim
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