Growth of human tumor xenografts implanted under the renal capsule of normal immunocompetent mice

Exp Cell Biol. 1979;47(4):281-93. doi: 10.1159/000162947.


The subrenal capsule technique proved effective in demonstrating that the growth of human tumors in normal, immunocompetent animals for 6 days was quantifiable in ocular micrometer units. Positive growth was demonstrable not only with human tumors that had been established in serial transplantation in athymic nude mouse hosts, but also with primary surgical explants. Growth rates of transplantation-established xenograft systems were similar whether implanted in athymic nude or in normal immunocompetent animals indicating that the 6-day time-frame successfully evades growth inhibitory effects of immunologic origin. Immunosuppression with a single dose of cyclophosphamide did not appear to affect growth rate, but permitted the tumors to grow larger extending the time to reach peak size. Significantly, xenografts of primary surgical explants showed positive growth more frequently in 6 days (82%) in the immunocompetent animal than in 11 days (30%) in the immunodeficient athymic nude mouse.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Breast Neoplasms / immunology
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunosuppression
  • Kidney / immunology
  • Mice
  • Mice, Nude / immunology
  • Neoplasm Transplantation*
  • Transplantation, Heterologous