Time Series of Microtentacles on a Breast Tumor Cell

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Title: Time Series of Microtentacles on a Breast Tumor Cell
Description: Time-lapse image series of microtentacles on the surface of a breast tumor cell (confocal frame taken each 10 seconds). Cells are held by lipid tethers on the surface of microfluidic channels, to enable confocal microscopy of microtentacle dynamics without the blurring caused by the drift of free-floating tumor cells. Since the microenvironments of metastasis (bloodstream, lymphatics) require tumor cells to transit in a free-floating state, this cell tethering technology allows the dynamics of floating cells to be studied to improve the understanding of metastasis.

This image was originally submitted as part of the 2016 NCI Cancer Close Up project.
Topics/Categories: Cancer Types -- Breast Cancer
Cells or Tissue -- Abnormal Cells or Tissue
Type: Color, Photo (JPEG format)
Source: National Cancer Institute \ Univ. of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center
Creator: Stuart S. Martin
Date Created: August 2015
Date Added: April 14, 2016
Reuse Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and can be freely reused. Please credit the source and, where possible, the creator listed above.