DOHH2 Xenograft Model













DOHH2 xenograft model

Lymphoma is a malignancy of the lymphatic system that is responsible for more than 21,000 fatalities yearly in the United States alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates, approximately 75,000 new cases of lymphoma are detected annually. The DOHH2 human lymphoma cell line was isolated from the pleural effusion of a 60-year-old lymphoma male patient in 1990. DOHH2 is the BCL-2 overexpressing lymphoma cell line that is an excellent host for studying human lymphoma. A 2013 study by Souers et al. published in Nature Medicine, investigated the therapeutic potential of ABT-199, a highly potent, orally bioavailable and BCL-2-selective inhibitor that blocks the growth of BCL-2-dependent tumors in vivo and does not cause thrombocytopenia. The study indicates that ABT-199 enhances the efficacy of clinically relevant chemotherapy and immunotherapy in the DoHH2 xenograft model and inhibits tumor growth. Thus, targeted pharmacological inhibition of BCL-2 could be a promising treatment approach for BCL-2-dependent hematological cancers. The DOHH2 cell line (human lymphoma) is used to create the DOHH2 CDX (Cell Line Derived Xenograft) mouse model. The DOHH2 xenograft model enables studies of tumor growth inhibition of a single therapeutic agent or as a combination (such as rituximab or bendamustine).

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Basic study design

1. Cells used for inoculation are maintained under asceptic conditions at exponential growth prior to injection.
2. As DOHH2 cells are prepared for injection, a viable cell count is determined with a trypan blue exclusion test (98% cell viability required). The cell suspension is then adjusted to the appropriate density for injection.
3. The mice (athymic BALB/C or NOD/SCID, 10-12 w.o.) receive a subcutaneous (s.c.) injection in the flank of the hind leg.  A volume of 100 microliters of matrigel-DOHH2 cell suspension is injected (one million cells total).
4. All injection sites are palpated up to three times a week until tumors are established. The tumors are measured with digital calipers for an average size of 50-150 mm3.
5. Animals are then randomized into treatment cohorts according to the study plan.  Administration of the compound of interest follows the predetermined treatment schedule.
6. Tumors are measured daily; mouse weights are recorded 3 times weekly.
7. Animals are euthanized as tumor size nears 2,000 mm2 or the predetermined size limit.
8. Necropsy and tissue collections are performed as defined in the termination of experiment protocol.
9. Tumors are excised and weighed.  Additionaly, tumors can be documented by digital imaging.
10. If tissues are collected for downstream analysis, standard gross necropsies are performed.
11. Tissues and tumors are snap frozen in LN2, placed in RNAlater or prepared for histology.

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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).

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 acclimatization 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 DOHH2 xenograft model:

  • DOHH2 Tumor Growth Delay (TGD; latency)
  • DOHH2 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)
  • DOHH2 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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