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  • Barok, Mark; Le Joncour, Vadim; Martins, Ana; Isola, Jorma; Salmikangas, Marko; Laakkonen, Pirjo; Joensuu, Heikki (2020)
    The majority of HER2-positive breast or gastric cancers treated with T-DM1 eventually show resistance to this agent. We compared the effects of T-DM1 and ARX788, a novel anti-HER2 antibody-drug conjugate, on cell growth and apoptosis in HER2-positive breast cancer and gastric cancer cell lines sensitive to T-DM1, gastric cancer cell lines resistant to T-DM1, HER2-negative breast cancer cell lines, and T-DM1-resistant xenograft models. ARX788 was effective in T-DM1-resistant in vitro and in vivo models of HER2-positive breast cancer and gastric cancer. ARX788 showed a pronounced growth inhibitory effect on all five HER2-positive cell lines tested, of which two gastric cancer cell lines had acquired resistance to T-DM1. ARX788 evoked more apoptotic events compared to T-DM1. While JIMT-1 and RN-87 xenograft tumors progressed on T-DM1 treatment, all such tumors responded to ARX788, and four out of the six JIMT-1 tumors and nine out of the twelve RN-87 tumors disappeared during the ARX788 treatment. Mice treated with ARX788 survived longer than those treated with T-DM1. The data support evaluation of ARX788 in patients with HER2-positive breast cancer or gastric cancer including cancers that progress during T-DM1 therapy.
  • Tharmalingam, Melissa D.; Matilionyte, Gabriele; Wallace, William H. B.; Stukenborg, Jan-Bernd; Jahnukainen, Kirsi; Oliver, Elizabeth; Goriely, Anne; Lane, Sheila; Guo, Jingtao; Cairns, Bradley; Jorgensen, Anne; Allen, Caroline M.; Lopes, Federica; Anderson, Richard A.; Spears, Norah; Mitchell, Rod T. (2020)
    Background Clinical studies indicate chemotherapy agents used in childhood cancer treatment regimens may impact future fertility. However, effects of individual agents on prepubertal human testis, necessary to identify later risk, have not been determined. The study aimed to investigate the impact of cisplatin, commonly used in childhood cancer, on immature (foetal and prepubertal) human testicular tissues. Comparison was made with carboplatin, which is used as an alternative to cisplatin in order to reduce toxicity in healthy tissues. Methods We developed an organotypic culture system combined with xenografting to determine the effect of clinically-relevant exposure to platinum-based chemotherapeutics on human testis. Human foetal and prepubertal testicular tissues were cultured and exposed to cisplatin, carboplatin or vehicle for 24 h, followed by 24-240 h in culture or long-term xenografting. Survival, proliferation and apoptosis of prepubertal germ stem cell populations (gonocytes and spermatogonia), critical for sperm production in adulthood, were quantified. Results Cisplatin exposure resulted in a significant reduction in the total number of germ cells (- 44%, p <0.0001) in human foetal testis, which involved an initial loss of gonocytes followed by a significant reduction in spermatogonia. This coincided with a reduction (- 70%, p <0.05) in germ cell proliferation. Cisplatin exposure resulted in similar effects on total germ cell number (including spermatogonial stem cells) in prepubertal human testicular tissues, demonstrating direct relevance to childhood cancer patients. Xenografting of cisplatin-exposed human foetal testicular tissue demonstrated that germ cell loss (- 42%, p <0.01) persisted at 12 weeks. Comparison between exposures to human-relevant concentrations of cisplatin and carboplatin revealed a very similar degree of germ cell loss at 240 h post-exposure. Conclusions This is the first demonstration of direct effects of chemotherapy exposure on germ cell populations in human foetal and prepubertal testis, demonstrating platinum-induced loss of all germ cell populations, and similar effects of cisplatin or carboplatin. Furthermore, these experimental approaches can be used to determine the effects of established and novel cancer therapies on the developing testis that will inform fertility counselling and development of strategies to preserve fertility in children with cancer.
  • Al-Samadi, Ahmed; Tuomainen, Katja; Kivimäki, Anne; Salem, Abdelhakim; Al-Kubati, Sakhr; Hyytiäinen, Aini; Parikka, Mataleena; Mesimäki, Karri; Wilkman, Tommy; Mäkitie, Antti; Grénman, Reidar; Salo, Tuula (BioMed Central, 2019)
    Abstract Background Currently, in vivo model for personalised cancer drug testing is challenging. A zebrafish larvae xenograft model has been applied in recent years to cancer research, particularly for drug testing purposes, showing promising results in drug testing against patient-derived tumour xenografts. Currently, these xenograft models apply imaging techniques to measure drug efficacy. However, this method carries several limitations, including timely imaging, thereby reducing the available number of tested fish and drugs. Here, we propose a PCR-based fast assay to evaluate drug efficacy in a zebrafish larvae xenograft model. Methods We tested two primary and corresponding metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) cell lines and patient-derived tongue cancer sample applying zebrafish larvae xenograft model. Cisplatin efficacy was tested using imaging technique and compared the results with PCR-based methods. Drug screening of eight compounds was applied on both cell lines and patient sample using PCR. Results In a head-to-head comparison, all the three techniques (imaging, quantitative PCR, and droplet digital PCR) showed similar reduction of the cancer cells growth after cisplatin treatment. Using the quantitative PCR assay, we demonstrated a dose-dependent response of HNSCC cells to cisplatin. Drug screening results of four HNSCC cell lines and patient sample revealed different drug efficacy between tested cancer cells. Conclusion We introduce a novel, easy, fast and cost-effective PCR-based in vivo zebrafish larvae assay to test the response of cell lines and clinical tumour samples to anti-cancer drugs. This method goes hand-by-hand with the commonly used imaging assay.