SK-BR-3 is a human breast cancer cell line that overexpresses the Her2 (Neu/ErbB-2) gene product. These cells display an epithelial morphology in tissue culture and are capable of forming poorly differentiated tumors in immunocompromised mice. The SK-BR-3 cells and products derived from it are used often as positive controls in assays for Her2. In addition, the cell line is also a useful preclinical model to screen for therapeutic agents targeting Her2 and to delineate mechanisms of resistance to Her2-targeted therapies.
This cell line was established in 1970 from the pleural effusion of a 43-year-old Caucasian female with malignant adenocarcinoma of the breast.
- Lloyd J. Old, MD, former William E. Snee Chair in Cancer Immunology, Memorial Sloan Kettering; former Director, New York Branch, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
- Germain Trempe, formerly at Sloan Kettering Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering
Fogh J et al. (1977) One hundred and twenty-seven cultured human tumor cell lines producing tumors in nude mice. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 59: 221-226 (PubMed ID: 327080)
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