An autoradiographic technique has been developed to determine the percentage of MCF-7 human breast adenocarcinoma cells in double-layer agar (DLA) culture that exhibit nuclear incorporation of 3H-thymidine (3H-TdR) after in vitro drug exposure. Depression of this percentage, termed the labeling index, correlated closely with colony count inhibition - relative to the respective control values - for cultures exposed to each of several agents including varying concentrations of 5-fluorouracil and adriamycin. If a similar autoradiographic technique can be applied to cultures from human tumor biopsy specimens, this may then lead to a clinically useful chemosensitivity assay especially applicable when DLA-cultured cell quantities are small.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1982|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Medicine
- Developmental Biology
- Cell Biology