MCF7/TAMR-7 Cell line

Cat. #152087

MCF7/TAMR-7 Cell line

Cat. #: 152087

Sub-type: Continuous

Unit size: 1x10^6 cells / vial

Organism: Human

Tissue: Breast

Disease: Cancer

Model: Tumour line


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Inventor: Anne Lykkesfeldt

Institute: Danish Cancer Society, Denmark

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  • Name: MCF7/TAMR-7 Cell line
  • Alternate name: MCF-7/TAMR-7; TAMR-7
  • Cancer: Breast cancer
  • Cancers detailed: Breast cancer;Tamoxifen resistant
  • Research fields: Cancer;Drug development
  • Tool sub type: Continuous
  • Parental cell: MCF7 S0.5
  • Organism: Human
  • Gender: Female
  • Tissue: Breast
  • Disease: Cancer
  • Model: Tumour line
  • Conditional: Yes
  • Description: MCF7/TAMR-7 cell line is a stable tamoxifen-resistant subline. The cell line has been established in tissue culture after long term treatment with 1uM tamoxifen. Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) is a widely used drug for hormone-dependent cancer. Tamoxifen resistance (either primary or acquired) makes oestrogen receptor-positive breast cancer much more difficult to treat. This cell line was produced as an adaptation of an original cell line (MCF7/S0.5), as a model cell system to study the effects of tamoxifen resistant cancer growth. MCF7/TAMR-7 cells are oestrogen receptor positive and progesterone receptor negative. Previous applications of this cell line include treatment with steroidal antiestrogens. MCF7/TAMR-7 enables identification of new hormone therapies and greater understanding of the signalling pathways/methods behind tamoxifen resistance.
  • Application: Investigate signalling pathways involved in tamoxifen resistance
  • 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 uM tamoxifen. Tamoxifen-resistant cells are passaged continuously in presence of 1 uM tamoxifen, which is lethal for the parental MCF7/S0.5 cell line.
  • Recommended controls: MCF7-S0.5 parental line
  • Cellosaurus id: 1D43

Target Details

  • Target: Oestrogen receptor


  • Application: Investigate signalling pathways involved in tamoxifen resistance
  • 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 a...


  • Format: Frozen
  • Growth medium: 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 uM).
  • Temperature: 37° C
  • Atmosphere: 5% CO2
  • Unit size: 1x10^6 cells / vial
  • Shipping conditions: Dry ice

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  • Related tools: MCF7/S0.5 Cell Line


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