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World J Gastroenterol. Oct 28, 2016; 22(40): 9035-9038
Published online Oct 28, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i40.9035
Establishment of various biliary tract carcinoma cell lines and xenograft models for appropriate preclinical studies
Hidenori Ojima, Seri Yamagishi, Kazuaki Shimada, Tatsuhiro Shibata
Hidenori Ojima, Division of Molecular Pathology, National Cancer Center Research Institute, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
Hidenori Ojima, Department of Pathology, Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
Seri Yamagishi, Tatsuhiro Shibata, Division of Cancer Genomics, National Cancer Center Research Institute, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
Kazuaki Shimada, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery Division, National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
Author contributions: Ojima H wrote and revised this letter; Ojima H, Yamagishi S and Shibata T conducted the study and performed the data analyses; Shimada K obtained surgical biliary tract carcinoma specimens and performed the clinical data analyses; all authors read and approved the final manuscript.
Conflict-of-interest statement: Ojima H reports grants from Merck Serono Co., Ltd., grants from Eli Lilly Japan Co., Ltd., outside the submitted work.
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Correspondence to: Hidenori Ojima, MD, PhD, Division of Molecular Pathology, National Cancer Center Research Institute, 5-1-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan. hojima@a3.keio.jp
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Received: July 13, 2016
Peer-review started: July 16, 2016
First decision: August 19, 2016
Revised: September 8, 2016
Accepted: September 28, 2016
Article in press: September 28, 2016
Published online: October 28, 2016
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Core Tip

Core tip: Although the need for developing novel therapeutic strategies for biliary tract carcinoma (BTC) is increasing, there are only few xenograft models and cell lines available for in vivo and in vitro studies, respectively. To conduct appropriate preclinical studies, we established 28 xenograft models and 13 new BTC cell lines using several surgical BTC specimens and immunodeficient mice. Using the aforementioned cell lines and xenograft models and a clinical pathological database of patients undergoing BTC resection, we can establish appropriate parameters for drug efficacy studies to explore new biomarkers for practical applications in the future studies.