RENCA xenograft model
Kidney cancer is responsible for more than 338,000 new cases diagnosed annually worldwide and for over 13,000 fatalities every year in the United States alone, as stated by the American Cancer Society. Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) comprises nearly 85 percent of all kidney malignancies. Despite the development of targeted therapies, many patients develop resistance and eventually die of the disease. Innovative therapeutic approaches are required to improve the outcomes of RCC patients. Preclinical studies of renal xenograft animal models aid scientists in finding new therapies for RCC patients. The Renca tumorigenic epithelial cell line is derived from a kidney adenocarcinoma of Balb/cCr mice. Renca cells spontaneously metastasize to lung and liver, mimicking human renal cell carcinoma. A 2016 study in Cancer Science investigates the therapeutic efficacy of the combination of the mTOR inhibitor everolimus (EVE) and anti‐PD‐L1. The study demonstrates that anti‐PD‐L1 treatment enhances the antitumor effect of EVE in a mouse model, which is beneficial for the treatment of RCC. The Renca cell line (mouse kidney) is used to create the CDX (Cell Line Derived Xenograft) Renca xenograft mouse model. The Renca xenograft model is a kidney cancer model utilized in studying inhibition of angiogenesis (e.g. BAI1), JAK kinase inhibitors (e.g. AZD1480) and anti-tumor efficacy (e.g. imidazoquinoline).
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Basic study design
- Renca cells are trypsinized and then cell viability is determined (trypan blue assay; 98% cell viability minimum). After adjusting the concentration of the cell suspension to 10,000 cells per microliter (matrigel + Renca cells), 10 week old athymic BALB/C or NOD/SCID mice are injected. All tumors are grown in the rear, hind leg flank via subcutaneous injections.
- Injection sites are checked (3x per week) until tumors are established. Continual tumor measurement (with digital calipers) is followed until average sizes of 50-150 mm3 is determined. At this point, tumor size randomization into treatment cohorts and in-life administration of compounds are performed.
- All tumors are measured daily and mouse body weights are recorded. Mice are euthanized as the size limits are reached. All tissue collections are performed at the final necropsy, including tissues being snap frozen, prepared for histology or stablized (RNAlater). Resected tumors are documented (digital imaging) and weights recorded.
Xenograft animal models are used to assess the effectiveness of drugs against specific types of cancer. New medicines are tested on staged tumor growths that have been engrafted via subcutaneous or orthotopic inoculation in an immunocompromised mouse or rat model. All clinically approved anti-cancer agents have been evaluated with conventional preclinical in vivo models. Xenograft studies can be highly complex, starting with the selection of the appropriate animal model, choice of tumorigenic cell line, administration method, dosing, analysis of tumor growth rates and tumor analysis (histology, mRNA and protein expression levels).
Altogen Labs provides an array of laboratory services using over 30 standard Cell Line Derived Xenograft (CDX) models and over 20 PDX models. Researchers investigating the role of specific proteins or gene products in regulating tumor growth can benefit from development of protein overexpression (genetically engineered to ectopically express proteins, tumor suppressors, or oncogenes) and RNAi cell lines with long term gene silencing. Altogen Labs provides quantitative gene expression analysis of mRNA expression (RT-PCR) and protein expression analysis using the WES system (ProteinSimple).
The dosing of the experimental compound of interest is initiated, for a staged study, when the mean tumor size reaches a specified volume (typically 50-100 mm3). In an unstaged study, the dosing of the compound of interest is initiated immediately after xenografting. Mice are dosed once or twice a day for 28 days (or other desired study duration) via the chosen route of administration. Tumor volume (mm3) is calculated via the “(W x W x L) / 2” formula, where W is tumor width and L is tumor length.
Animal handling and maintenance at the Altogen Labs facility is IACUC-regulated and GLP-compliant. Following acclimation to the vivarium environment, mice are sorted according to body mass. The animals are examined daily for tumor appearance and clinical signs. We provide detailed experimental procedures, health reports and data (all-inclusive report is provided to the client that includes methods, results, discussion and raw data along with statistical analysis). Additional services available include collection of tissue, histology, isolation of total protein or RNA and analysis of gene expression. Our animal facilities have the flexibility to use specialized food or water systems for inducible gene expression systems.
Following options are available for the Renca xenograft model:
- Renca Tumor Growth Delay (TGD; latency)
- Renca Tumor Growth Inhibition (TGI)
- Dosing frequency and duration of dose administration
- Dosing route (intravenous, intratracheal, continuous infusion, intraperitoneal, intratumoral, oral gavage, topical, intramuscular, subcutaneous, intranasal, using cutting-edge micro-injection techniques and pump-controlled IV injection)
- Renca tumor immunohistochemistry
- Alternative cell engraftment sites (orthotopic transplantation, tail vein injection and left ventricular injection for metastasis studies, injection into the mammary fat pad, intraperitoneal injection)
- Blood chemistry analysis
- Toxicity and survival (optional: performing a broad health observation program)
- Gross necropsies and histopathology
- Positive control group employing cyclophosphamide, at a dosage of 50 mg/kg administered by intramuscular injection to the control group daily for the study duration
- Lipid distribution and metabolic assays
- Imaging studies: Fluorescence-based whole body imaging, MRI