Anti-Tumor Immune Responses Against MTLn3 Mammary Adenocarcinoma

Date of Award


Degree Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Field of Study

Biomedical Sciences

First Advisor

Lisa Hodge


Lymphatic pump treatment (LPT) is used as a lymph enhancing therapy to treat edema. In animals, LPT enhanced lymphatic flow, released leukocytes and inflammatory mediators into lymph, and inhibited pulmonary tumor formation. Therefore, we hypothesized the administration of LPT would enhance immunity and inhibit primary breast tumor growth. Rats were subcutaneously injected with MTLn3 and divided into MTLn3, MTLn3+Sham-LPT and MTLn3+LTP group. Sham group received light touch under anesthesia and LPT group received treatment under anesthesia. There were no changes in tumor growth between groups. Administration of Sham-LPT resulted in an increase in tumor-adjacent lymph node weight. Collectively, our data suggests LPT did not enhance primary tumor growth and may also protect against the pathogenesis exhibited by sham-LPT.


Carter, KiahRae J., Anti-Tumor Immune Responses Against MTLn3 Mammary Adenocarcinoma. Masters of Science (Biomedical Sciences), April, 2014, 47 pages, 4 tables, 8 illustrations, references, 45 titles. Available May 2015.

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