Fragments from two mast cell tumors of the dog have been cultured in vitro. Studies on the living and on fixed and stained preparations revealed the following:
Only mast cells grew out from the original tumor fragments though these contained other types of cells. They grew in some of the roller tube cultures in a sheet resembling an epithelium but in hanging drop cultures they lay separate and were irregularly spindle or star-shaped with long protoplasmic processes.
The cytoplasmic granules of the proliferating mast cells varied in size, number, and tinctorial properties. In most of the cells they stained metachromatically, in occasional cells some of the granules only could be stained, and in a few none could be stained.