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Invasion by murine B16-F10 melanoma cells was studied using the human amniotic basement membrane (HABM) assay. B16-F10 cells were collected after a single passage through the amnion and grown to near confluency. The cycle of plating, passaging, collecting, and culturing B16-F10 cells was repeated five times. The invasion rate for B16-F10 cells remained relatively unchanged after six passages through the amnion. Injection of first-passage B16-F10 cells into C57BL6 mice resulted in 29 lung tumors per animal whereas sixth-passage cells resulted in 300+ lung tumors. While there exists no correlation of the number of cells penetrating the amnion with colonization number, lung colonization appears correlated with increased number of passages through the amnion.

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