Isolation and culture of squamous cell carcinoma lines

Methods Mol Biol. 2011;731:151-9. doi: 10.1007/978-1-61779-080-5_14.


Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) keratinocytes readily grow, expand in culture, and continuously passage, suggesting either spontaneous immortalisation at the early stage of culture or inherent proliferative capacity. One feature of SCC keratinocytes is genomic DNA rearrangement and single-nucleotide polymorphism studies of fresh frozen primary tumour, early and late passage SCC keratinocytes suggest that these rearrangements are stable in culture and retain the parental tumour lesions. SCC keratinocytes are isolated using standard primary culture techniques and become feeder cell independent with little or no observed "crisis" period. SCC keratinocytes readily form tumours in vivo, which retain histological features of the parental tumour, making them an excellent model for the study and development of cancer therapies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / pathology*
  • Cell Culture Techniques / methods*
  • Cell Line, Tumor / pathology*
  • Cell Separation / methods*
  • Culture Media
  • DNA / genetics
  • DNA / isolation & purification
  • Humans
  • Keratinocytes / cytology
  • Keratinocytes / pathology
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide / genetics
  • Skin Neoplasms / pathology*


  • Culture Media
  • DNA