Analysis of the involuting mouse mammary gland: An in vivo model for cell death

Bethan Lloyd-Lewis, Timothy J. Sargeant, Peter A. Kreuzaler, Henrike K. Resemann, Sara Pensa, Christine J. Watson

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Involution of the mammary gland occurs at the end of every period of lactation and is an essential process to return the gland to a pre-pregnant state in readiness for the next pregnancy. Involution is a complex process of regulated alveolar cell death coupled with tissue remodeling and requires exquisite control of transcription and signaling. These processes can be investigated using a variety of molecular and morphological approaches. In this chapter we describe how to initiate involution and collect mammary glands, measure involution morphologically, and quantify lysosomal leakiness in mammary tissue and in cultured mammary epithelial cells. These procedures encompass a range of microscopy and molecular biology techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 2017

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745


  • Caspase 3
  • Cell death
  • Electron microscopy
  • Immunofluorescence
  • Involution
  • Lysosome
  • Mammary gland

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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