Establishment and characterization of a novel ovarian high-grade serous carcinoma cell line—IPO43

Fernanda Silva, Filipa Coelho, Ana Peixoto, Pedro Pinto, Carmo Martins, Ann Sophie Frombach, Vítor E. Santo, Catarina Brito, António Guimarães, Ana Félix

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BACKGROUND: Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is an aggressive and lethal malignancy and novel EOC cell lines with detailed characterization are needed, to provide researchers with diverse helpful resources to study EOC biological processes and cancer experimental therapies.

METHODS: The IPO43 cell line was established from the ascitic fluid of a patient with a diagnosis of high-grade serous carcinoma (HGSC) of the ovary, previously treated with chemotherapy. Cell immortalization was achieved in 2D cell culture and growth obtained in 2D and 3D cell cultures. The characterization of immortalized cells was done by immunocytochemistry, flow cytometry, cell proliferation, chromosomal Comparative Genomic Hybridization (cCGH), STR profile and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS).

RESULTS: Characterization studies confirmed that IPO43 cell line is of EOC origin and maintains morphological and molecular features of the primary tumor. cCGH analysis showed a complex profile with gains and losses of specific DNA regions in both primary ascitic fluid and cell line IPO43. The cell line was successfully grown in a 3D system which allows its future application in more complex assays than those performed in 2D models. IPO43 cell line is resistant to standard drug treatment in vitro.

CONCLUSIONS: IPO43 is available for public research and we hope it can contribute to enrich the in vitro models addressing EOC heterogeneity, being useful to investigate EOC and to develop new therapeutic modalities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number175
Pages (from-to)175
JournalCancer cell international
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2022


  • 3D models
  • Cell lines
  • Chemoresistance
  • Ovarian cancer


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