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Contributor Information

  • Name Jen Morton
  • Institute Cancer Research UK, Glasgow Beatson Institute

Tool Details

  • Tool name: KPC Cell Line (mixed genetic background)
  • Alternate names: PDAC; Pdx1-Cre, LSL-KrasG12D/+, LSL-Trp53R172H/+, KC, PC, KPC,GTPase KRas, K-Ras 2, Ki-Ras, c-K-ras, c-Ki-ras, transformation related protein 53, insulin promoter factor 1; pancreatic and duodenal homeobox 1, transformation related protein 53, V-Ki-ras2 Kirsten rat sarcoma viral oncogene homolog, C-K-RAS, K-RAS; lox-stop-lox; LSL
  • Tool type: Cell Lines
  • Organism: Mouse
  • Cancer type: Pancreatic cancer; pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma
  • Disease: Cancer
  • Model: Transgenic
  • Conditional: No
  • Description: The KPC mouse is an established and clinically relevant model of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) which develops many key features observed in human PDA including pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia alongside a robust inflammatory reaction including exclusion of effector T cells. Metastases are observed in around 80% of KPC animals located primarily in the liver and lungs. Mutations in both KRAS and TP53genes are found in around 80% and 70% of all human PDAs respectively. Tumors present in KPC mice display many immunohistological markers of PDA as well as possessing complex genomic rearrangements a key sign of genomic instability. The co-morbidities, cachexia, jaundice and ascites, associated with human PDA are also observed in this model and most pancreatic tumors are resistant to chemotherapy. The KPC mouse contains a conditional point mutation in the transformation related protein 53 gene (TP53R172H), and a point mutation in the KRAS gene (KRASG12D) both of which generate non-functional proteins. A lox-stop-lox termination sequence is encoded upstream of both mutated genes to prevent expression in the absence of Cre recombinase. PDX1 (pancreatic and duodenal homeobox 1) is a transcription factor necessary for pancreatic development. The PDX1 promoter enables expression of Cre recombinase in acini, islet and duct cells of the pancreas. Cre-mediated recombination excises the two lox-stop-lox termination sequences and enables expression of both oncogenes: KRASG12D and TP53R172H in pancreatic tissue. Tissues not expressing Cre recombinase remain functionally heterozygous of the KRAS and TRP53 loci.
  • Research area: Cancer ; Drug Discovery & Development
  • Additional notes: These cells are from mice with a mixed genetic background KPC Subtype: C57Bl6/J

  • For Research Use Only

Target Details

  • Target: Pdx1- Cre, lox-stop-lox-KrasG12D/+, lox-stop-lox-tp53R172H/+

Application Details

  • Application notes: These cells are from mice with a mixed genetic background KPC Subtype: C57Bl6/J


  • Format: Frozen
  • Growth medium: They all grow in DMEM (+10% FCS, 1% L-Glut and 1% Pen/strep). They may take a wee bit of time coming back up, don’t panic, just be gentle with them.
  • Storage conditions: Liquid Nitrogen
  • Shipping conditions: Dry ice
  • Mycoplasma free: Yes
  • Biosafety level: 1


  • Available on request


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  •   Trp53R172H and KrasG12D cooperate to promote chromosomal instability and widely metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma in mice.