Figure 4.

Experimental results. (A) MCF7 cells were sorted to isolate CD44+ cells and seeded at different proportions (0, 2.5, 5, 10, 32 and 100%) and mixed with the remaining cell population. Cells were cultured in monolayer for 7 days and trypsinised to single cells which were cultured in non-adherent suspension for 7 days. The percentage of mammosphere formation units (%MFU) was counted to determine whether the population achieved a steady state (light grey bars). (B) The percentage of cells expressing CD44 after 7 days culture in monolayer was examined using flow cytometry analysis (open bars) (C) MCF7 cells were sorted to isolate CD44+/24lo/ESA+ "stem-like" cells and seeded at different proportions (0, 1, 3, 6, 9 and 12%) admixed with the total cell population. Cells were cultured for 2 days (dark grey bars), (D) 4 days (diagonal striped bars) or (E) 7 days (dotted bars). Cells were trypsinised to single cells which were cultured in non-adherent suspension for 7 days. The percentage mammosphere formation units (%MFU) was counted. Data was analyzed using analysis of variance (ANOVA) and P values ≤ 0.05 were assumed to be significant.

Agur et al. Biology Direct 2010 5:20   doi:10.1186/1745-6150-5-20
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