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Open Access Spontaneous Vulvar Papillomas in a Colony of Mice Used for Pancreatic Cancer Research

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Mice in a colony used for pancreatic cancer research and maintained in a barrier animal facility presented with vulvar masses. A census and examination of all colony animals was conducted on 17 February 2006; line, gender, and mass location were recorded; a slide caliper was used to measure the width, length, and height of each mass; and the volume of each mass was calculated. Progeny female mice from crossbreeding of the B6. FVB-Tg(Ipf1-cre)1Tuv and B6;129-Kras2tm4Tyj (KRASG12D/+) strains presented with external vulvar and periauricular papillomas. The papillomas were present in 41.2% of all female crossbred mice and ranged in size from 8 to 36 mm3. Age of mice and tumor size were not correlated. Compared with the B6. FVB-Tg(Ipf1-cre)1Tuv line, the crossbred female mice were more likely to have a vulvar mass, with an odds ratio of 29.3, 95% confidence interval (1.5, 563.9) and a positive predictive value of 42.9%. Diagnostic evaluation, including electron microscopy, light microscopy, serology, and bacteriology, did not reveal a viral or other infectious etiology. Therefore, we speculate that interaction between the genetic background of the mice and the introduced Kras oncogene may be responsible for these papillomas.

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Publication date: 2008-06-01

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  • Comparative Medicine (CM), an international journal of comparative and experimental medicine, is the leading English-language publication in the field and is ranked by the Science Citation Index in the upper third of all scientific journals. The mission of CM is to disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed information that expands biomedical knowledge and promotes human and animal health through the study of laboratory animal disease, animal models of disease, and basic biologic mechanisms related to disease in people and animals.

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