NCI-H226 Xenograft Model

H226 Xenograft Altogen Labs

H226 xenograft model

Lung cancer is the primary cause of cancer fatalities in both men and women, accounting for 14 percent of all new cancer diagnoses. It is responsible for 1 in 4 cancer deaths with the 5-year survival rate of only 18 percent, as stated by the American Cancer Society. The NCI-H226 mesothelioma cell line is derived initially from the pleural fluid of a patient with mesothelioma. NCI-H226 cells are essential in lung cancer research for assessing cytotoxic effects of therapeutic agents. A 2017 study by Lam et al. published in Respiratory Research investigated the effects of pegylated arginase (PEG-BCT-100) in malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). The article reported that pegylated arginase suppresses tumor growth mediated by intratumoral arginine depletion and results in apoptosis and G1 arrest in the H226 mesothelioma xenograft model. These findings demonstrate scientific evidence supporting the further clinical development of BCT-100 in the treatment of MPM. A 2014 Clinical Cancer Research article by Huang et al. used the H226 xenograft model to investigate therapies targeting the Hedgehog (HH)-GLI signaling for treatment of lung squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC). The group examined the inhibition of Smoothened (SMO) and GLI2 inhibition via small molecules GDC-0449 and GANT61, respectively, and results showed that inhibition of GLI2 demonstrated significant cytotoxicity in cells and antitumor activity in xenografts. This supports the inhibition of GLI2 for further study as a target against LSCC. Li et al. released a Molecular Cancer Therapeutics study (2015) using the H226 model to study the effects of inhibiting epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and human epidermal growth factor (HER3) with the dual-specific antibody MEHD7945A. Results demonstrated that in xenografts, treatment with MEHD7945A inhibited tumor growth and enhanced radiosensitivity (increased levels of γ-H2AX mediated double strand breaks) which promotes the investigation of this technique for clinical use of dual EGFR/HER3 inhibition as a radiation sensitizer. The NCI-H226 cell line (human lung) is used to create the CDX (Cell Line Derived Xenograft) H226 xenograft mouse model.  The H226 xenograft model is an excellent preclinical murine model for lung cancer to study chemosensitivities similar to the tissue of origin (e.g. irinotecan, doxorubicin, bevacizumab).

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Basic study design

  1. H226 cells are maintained under conditions of exponential growth phase prior to injection.  The cells are then prepared for injection by trypsin-EDTA and viable cells are determined.  Cell suspension is adjusted to a concentration of 1 x 106 cells per 100 microliters (cells + 50% Matrigel solution).
  2. Athymic BALB/c Nude mice (10 week old) receive s.c. injections in the flank of one hind leg.  The injection sites are palpated and monitored until tumors are established. At an average size of 100-150 mm3, animals are randomized into predetermined treatment cohorts.  In-life administration of the compound of interest is applied following the treatment schedule.
  3. Mouse weights (3 times weekly) and daily tumors measurements are logged.
  4. Maximum tumor size (2,000 cu millimeters) marks the end of the study, at which point a necropsy and tissue collections are performed.  Tumors are excised and weighed (tumors are also imaged digitally).
  5. All samples can be snap frozen or prepared for histology by submersion in 10% NBF.

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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).

Animal handling and maintenance at the Altogen Labs facilities are 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 H226 xenograft model:

  • H226 Tumor Growth Delay (TGD; latency)
  • H226 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)
  • H226 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

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