Cancer Research

Advancing Cancer Research with Quantitative Live Cell Imaging

Cancer is a leading human disease with persistently high mortality rates. Thus, understanding the how, where, why and with whom metastatic cancer cells disseminate and proliferate is one of the highest importance in cancer research. The HoloMonitor live cell imaging system advances your cancer research with a non-invasive way to measure and quantify cell activity in real-time without compromising the integrity of your precious cells. Therefore, you can get more accurate and native results from your experiments.

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Featured publications within cancer research

Compare directional cell movement in medulloblastoma cancer cells

The expression of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) influences diverse cellular activities and is often cancer-specific. Thus lncRNAs are a useful diagnostic and therapeutic target for cancer. By altering the expression of lncRNA levels, it is possible to affect the cell movement in medulloblastoma cancer cells.

In this publication, the authors evaluated the effect of lncRNA on cell motility and showed that it promotes the migration of tumor cells using HoloMonitor wound healing assay and single cell tracking assay.

Four-day time-lapse quantitative phase imaging of cytokinesis failure in primary melanocytes transduced with MIR211-5p.

Measure mitotic activity in melanocytes

Cutaneous melanoma is deadly skin cancer. The activating mutation BARFV600E mutation exists both in moles and over half cutaneous melanomas.

In this study, in order to investigate why the same mutation has such different consequences in moles and melanomas, the authors using HoloMonitor studied cell proliferation, cell dry mass, cell death and cell growth rate. The experiments showed by increasing the levels of two microRNAs in melanocytes induces mitotic failure, genome duplication, and proliferation arrest. BRAFV600E induces a similar proliferation arrest in primary human melanocytes that is both reversible and conditional depending on the differentiation state of the melanocyte.

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Quantify cell motility under hypoxia stress in breast cancer

Hypoxia is an important factor known to initiate the metastatic cascade in cancer, activating cell motility and invasion by silencing cell adhesion genes.

In the study, the authors using cell motility assay demonstrated that epigenetic enzyme (G9a) accumulation in hypoxia leads to CDH10 protein transcription repression.  This enhances cancer cell motility and is an integral part of hypoxia-mediated epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in breast cancer.

Study cell movements in 3D culture for cancer biomechanics

Studying the tumor microenvironment is one of the highest importance in cancer research as most tumors depend on a supporting cast of non-cancerous cells for their nourishment, growth and survival. 3D cell culturing mimics the actual physiological conditions in vivo than the traditional 2D cell cultures. This is particularly important when studying cell movements as the higher complexity of the microenvironment affect the biomechanics.

In this application note, the author used HoloMonitor single cell tracking and wound healing assay to quantify cell movement with 3D Matrigel cell cultures.

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Find out how HoloMonitor provides better insights by analyzing proliferation, morphology and movement data for both single cells and cell populations.

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Answer cancer research questions with quantitative live cell imaging

24 hours time-lapse video of MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells

72 hours time-lapse video of JIMT-1 breast cancer cells

Browsing publications in cancer research

Get inspired by other research fellows, and learn how HoloMonitor quantitative live cell imaging can benefit your cancer research:

m5C modification of LINC00324 promotes angiogenesis in glioma through CBX3/VEGFR2 pathway

Authors: A. Pan et al.

Journal: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules (2023)

Research Areas: Cancer Research

Cell Lines: GECs, hCMEC/D3, SVG p12, U-251MG

Keywords: HoloMonitor M4, single cell tracking assay, NSUN2 5-methylcytosine, LINC00324, CBX3, glioma, angiogenesis

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Oncogenic signals prime cancer cells for toxic cell overgrowth during a G1 cell cycle arrest

Authors: Foy R et al.

Journal: Molecular cell (2023)

Research Areas: Cancer Research

Cell Lines: RPE, MCF7 and T47D

Keywords: HoloMonitor M4, cell morphology, CDK4/6, oncogenes, cell growth, cell cycle, growth factors, chemotherapy, breast cancer, p53, p21, replication stress

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CDK4/6 inhibitor-mediated cell overgrowth triggers osmotic and replication stress to promote senescence

Authors: Crozier et al.

Journal: Molecular cell (2023)

Research Areas: Cancer Research


Keywords: HoloMonitor M4, cell morphology, cell volume, cell cycle, cell size, palbociclib, p21, Cip1/Waf1, p38, MAPK, DNA damage, p53, rapamycinmTOR, cell growth

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IK Channel-Independent Effects of Clotrimazole and Senicapoc on Cancer Cells Viability and Migration

Authors: Paolo Zuccolini et al.

Journal: International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2023)

Research Areas: Cancer Research

Cell Lines: WM266-4, panc-1

Keywords: HoloMonitor M4, wound healing assay, ik, kca3, 1, kcnn4, cancer, melanoma, pancreatic duct adenocarcinoma (pdac), blockers, clotrimazole, senicapoc

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Expression profiles and function prediction of tRNA-derived fragments in glioma

Authors: Wei et al.

Journal: BMC Cancer (2023)

Research Areas: Cancer research

Cell Lines: U87MG, U373MG, U251MG, SVG p12

Keywords: HoloMonitor M4, glioblastoma, single cell analysis, Glioma, tRNA-derived fragment, tRF, Non-coding RNA, S100A11

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Pseudogene MAPK6P4-encoded functional peptide promotes glioblastoma vasculogenic mimicry development

Authors: Zhang et al.

Journal: Communications Biology (2023)

Research Areas: Cancer research

Cell Lines: U251, U373, and HEK 293T cells

Keywords: HoloMonitor M4, single cell tracking, cns cancer, phosphorylation, glioblastoma, vasculogenic mimicry

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The expansion of our existing collaboration with PHI is the result of productive utilization of HoloMonitor technology for non-invasive real-time cell cycle analysis in living cells. We are now developing state-of-the art applications multiplexing cell cycle and cell motility.


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