Ex Vivo Ovarian Culture to Model the Initial Metastasis in Ovarian Cancer

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Being able to accurately model metastasis is an important tool in cancer research. Several in vitro and ex vivo models have been developed to model metastasis from the ovary to the omentum, the most frequent metastatic site after leaving the ovary. However, the recent discovery that high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC) can originate in the fallopian tube and then metastasize to the ovary has necessitated the development of assays that can quantify the adhesion of tumor cells to the ovary. Here we describe a protocol for accessing the adhesion of fluorescent cells to mouse ovaries. This assay can be used to investigate the role of ovarian function, hormones, and adhesion molecules in metastasis of cancer cells originating in the fallopian tube to the ovary, an important step in the progression of HGSOC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2022

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6029


  • Attachment
  • Colonization
  • Metastasis
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Ovary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology


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