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Title: Animal cancer models of skeletal metastasis.
Austin Authors: Hibberd, Catherine;Cossigny, Davina A F;Quan, Gerald M Y 
Affiliation: Spinal Biology Research Laboratory, University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery, Austin Health, Heidelberg Victoria 3084, Australia
; Department of Spinal Surgery, Austin Health, Heidelberg Victoria 3084, Australia
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2013
Publication information: Cancer Growth and Metastasis 2013; 6(): 23-34
Abstract: The bony skeleton is one of the most common sites of metastatic spread of cancer and is a significant source of morbidity in cancer patients, causing pain and pathologic fracture, impaired ambulatory ability, and poorer quality of life. Animal cancer models of skeletal metastases are essential for better understanding of the molecular pathways behind metastatic spread and local growth and invasion of bone, to enable analysis of host-tumor cell interactions, identify barriers to the metastatic process, and to provide platforms to develop and test novel therapies prior to clinical application in human patients. Thus, the ideal model should be clinically relevant, reproducible and representative of the human condition. This review summarizes the current in vivo animal models used in the study of cancer metastases of the skeleton.
Gov't Doc #: 24665205
DOI: 10.4137/CGM.S11284
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: animal models
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