Thin sections of tissue cultures grown from tumors of the RIII high-breast-cancer strain mice were studied in the electron microscope. These tissues contain an abundance of particles whose morphology is consistent with biophysical measurement of the milk agent. These particles, found only extracellularly in our cultures, are formed at the cell membrane. The process of formation, as reconstructed from sections, appears to include a thickening and protrusion of the cell membrane which then evolves gradually into a dense sphere and separates from the cell in much the same manner as does influenza virus. The contents of the newly formed body are later rearranged to form a nucleoid within a membranous sac.
Production of the Milk Agent in Cultures of Mouse Mammary Carcinoma
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E. Y. Lasfargues, Dan H. Moore, Margaret R. Murray, Cushman D. Haagensen, E. C. Pollard; Production of the Milk Agent in Cultures of Mouse Mammary Carcinoma . J Biophys and Biochem Cytol 25 January 1959; 5 (1): 93–95. doi: https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.5.1.93
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