Comparative Pathology: CNS Mass

Glioblastoma Mouse Models


Using lentivirus vectors carrying H-Ras and Akt into the brains of adult mice that lacked one copy of p53, it has been shown that mice develop tumors phenotypically identical to human glioblastomas (Marumoto et al, 2009).  The tumors occurred most frequently in the hippocampus and subventricular zone.  The tumors contained cells that, when cultured in vitro, appeared to be cancer stem cells.

Note that both human and mouse tumors are highly cellular and have the typical palisade of nuclei surrounding areas of necrosis and prominent blood vessels.


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