Establishment and characterization of a novel human pancreatic cancer cell line (SUIT-4) metastasizing to lymph nodes and lungs in nude mice

Oncology. 2004;66(6):458-67. doi: 10.1159/000079500.


A new tumor cell line (SUIT-4) derived from ascites of a patient with carcinoma of the pancreas has been established in tissue culture and in nude mice, and maintained for over 7 years. In tissue culture, the cells grew as a confluent monolayer with piling up of cells in some areas. The population doubling time during the exponential phase of the cell growth was 43.9 h in vitro. Chromosome count ranged from 63 to 68 with a modal number of 67. Subcutaneous injection of cultured cells into the flanks of nude mice resulted in tumor formation with a doubling time of 88.8 h. Histopathologically, xenografts in nude mice were moderately differentiated tubular adenocarcinoma, and the tumor cells showed spontaneous metastasis to the regional lymph nodes in 6 of 21 nude mice and to the lung in 4 of 21. Transmission electron microphotographs confirmed the ductal cell origin of the carcinoma and revealed that the cells had abundant mitochondria and lysosomes. SUIT-4 cells released carcinoembryonic antigen (3.08 x 10(2) ng/1 x 10(6) cells/24 h) and carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (4.75 x 10(4) U/1 x 10(6) cells/24 h) during exponential cell growth in vitro. Reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction studies revealed that SUIT-4 cells expressed matrix metalloproteinases 1, 3, 7, 10 and 14.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Animals
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / metabolism*
  • CA-19-9 Antigen / metabolism
  • Carcinoembryonic Antigen / metabolism
  • Carcinoma, Pancreatic Ductal / metabolism
  • Carcinoma, Pancreatic Ductal / secondary*
  • Cell Line, Tumor*
  • Chromosomes, Human
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Lung Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Lymph Nodes / metabolism
  • Lymph Nodes / pathology*
  • Lymphatic Metastasis
  • Lysosomes
  • Male
  • Matrix Metalloproteinases / biosynthesis
  • Mice
  • Mice, Nude
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Mitochondria
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Time Factors
  • Transplantation, Heterologous


  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • CA-19-9 Antigen
  • Carcinoembryonic Antigen
  • Matrix Metalloproteinases