Characterization of two mouse models of metastatic pheochromocytoma using bioluminescence imaging

Alessio Giubellino, Girma M. Woldemichael, Carole Sourbier, Martin J. Lizak, James F. Powers, Arthur S. Tischler, Karel Pacak

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Pheochromocytoma is the most common tumor of the adrenal medulla in adults. The lack of sensitive animal models of pheochromocytoma has hindered the study of this tumor and in vivo evaluation of antitumor agents. In this study we generated two sensitive luciferase models using bioluminescent pheochromocytoma cells: an experimental metastasis model to monitor tumor spreading and a subcutaneous model to monitor tumor growth and spontaneous metastasis. These models offer a platform for sensitive, non-invasive and real-time monitoring of pheochromocytoma primary growth and metastatic burden to follow the course of tumor progression and for testing relevant antitumor treatments in metastatic pheochromocytoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-52
Number of pages7
JournalCancer Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Intramural Research funding of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health and by grant 10665589 from the Department of Defense (to AST). This work was also funded in part with federal funds from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), under contract N01-CO-12400 as well as by the Intramural Research Program of the NIH/NCI Center for Cancer Research.

Copyright 2012 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Animal model
  • BLI
  • Luminescence
  • Metastasis
  • Pheochromocytoma


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