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Contributor Information

  • Name Anne Lykkesfeldt
  • Institute Danish Cancer Society

Tool Details

  • Tool name: MCF7/TAMR-7 Cell line
  • Tool type: Cell Lines
  • Tool sub-type: Continuous
  • Parental cell line: MCF7 S0.5
  • Organism: Human
  • Tissue: Breast
  • Cancer type: Breast cancer
  • Disease: Cancer
  • Model: Tumour line
  • Conditional: Yes
  • Description: The MCF7/TAMR-7 Cell line is a breast cancer cell line resistant to tamoxifen.Tamoxifen is by far the most widely used drug for hormone-dependent breast cancer. However, primary or acquired resistance to Tamoxifen severely limits its clinical effectiveness. The MCF7/TAMR-7 cell line is a good model cell to study the signalling pathways, which are the major drivers of tamoxifen-resistant growth.
  • Research area: Cancer; Drug development
  • Production details: The parental cell line for the MCF7/TAMR-7 cells is MCF7/S0.5, which was adapted to grow at low serum concentration in order to study the effect of estradiol and tamoxifen. MCF7/TAMR-7 has been established from a clone of cells that survived long term treatment with 1 Â?„?žM tamoxifen. Tamoxifen-resistant cells are passaged continuously in presence of 1 Â?„?žM tamoxifen, which is lethal for the parental MCF7/S0.5 cell line.
  • Cellosaurus ID: 1D43

  • For Research Use Only

Target Details

  • Target: Oestrogen receptor

Application Details

  • Application notes: MCF7/TAMR-7 cells are oestrogen receptor positive and progesterone receptor negative. MCF7/TAMR-7 cells are growth inhibited by the pure antioestrogen fulvestrant. The oestrogen receptor is a major driver of growth of MCF7/TAMR-7 cell. The TAMR lines were established from the MCF7/S0.5 cell line, which was adapted to grow with 0.5% fetal calf serum in phenol red containing DMEM/F12 medium. Treatment with tamoxifen was started in passage 351. Few colonies of cells survived the treatment and after 28 days of tamoxifen treatment, tamoxifen was omitted from the medium for 22 days. After 19 passages without tamoxifen (passage 372) the cells underwent a second treatment with tamoxifen which initially reduced cell growth rate, but around 390-400 the growth rate of the tamoxifen resistant cell lines was close to the growth rate of the parental MCF7/S0.5 cells.


  • Format: Frozen
  • Growth medium: 37?‚°C under 5% CO2 in air using phenol red-free DMEM:Ham's F-12 containing 1% fetal bovine serum, 2 mM Glutamax and 6 ng/ml insulin. To maintain high-level resistance, medium was supplemented with Tamoxifen (1 ?M).
  • Shipping conditions: Dry ice



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