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Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 397–400

First Online: 24 November 2009Received: 04 November 2009Accepted: 06 November 2009


Mouse models offer unique opportunities to study mammary gland biology and lactation. Phenotypes within the mammary glands, especially those caused by genetic modification, often arise during lactation, and their study requires the collection of adequate volumes of milk. We describe two approaches for collecting milk from lactating mice. Both methods are inexpensive, are easy to use in the laboratory or classroom, are non-invasive, and yield adequate volumes of milk for subsequent analyses.

KeywordsLactation Mouse Milking AbbreviationsIDinside diameter

ODoutside diameter

SDS-PAGEsodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis

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Author: Edward J. DePeters - Russell C. Hovey



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