Protocol for Imaging and Analysis of Mouse Tumor Models with CUBIC Tissue Clearing

STAR Protoc. 2020 Nov 26;1(3):100191. doi: 10.1016/j.xpro.2020.100191. eCollection 2020 Dec 18.


Tissue-clearing technologies have developed rapidly in the past decade, especially for use in neuroscience research. We previously reported that CUBIC, which is one tissue-clearing method, is useful for applications in cancer research. CUBIC cancer analysis can be used to detect cancer metastasis with single-cell resolution at whole mouse body/organ level. This approach can also analyze the tumor characteristics with high-quality 3D images. Here, we describe a detailed CUBIC cancer protocol from tissue clearing, capturing 3D images and post-immunohistochemistry. For complete details on the use and execution of this protocol, please refer to Kubota et al. (2017).

Keywords: Cancer; Microscopy; Model Organisms.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional / methods
  • Mice
  • Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Optical Imaging / methods
  • Specimen Handling / methods*