Differences in vascular pattern between the spontaneous and the transplanted C3H mouse mammary carcinoma

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The transplanted C3H tumor differs from the spontaneous in its multi-focal origin and in its increasing loss of differentiation. Loss of differentiation is principally important in that even the partial branching into lobes, which occurs in the spontaneous tumour, is lost and that the parenchyma no longer consists of single-layered and multi-layered tubules, as in the spontaneous tumour, but of multi-layered only. Absence of branching removes the interlobular pressures, which in spontaneous tumours lead to infarction of the efferent vessels and sinus formation. Consequently; sinuses are absent from the transplanted tumour and the circulation is thereby improved. In contrast, since the vascular pattern of the spontaneous tumour is preserved and capillaries do not penetrate into the multi-layered tubules, although these have developed into solid cylinders, the diffusion pathway of oxygen is extended, resulting in necrosis at their cores. Accumulating necrotic fluid is at first removed by lymphatics, but subsequently invades the efferent vascular system. These changes are reflected in the pattern of tumour growth and in the radiation responses. © 1982.

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