A novel bioluminescent mouse model and effective therapy for adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma

Sherry T. Shu, Murali V P Nadella, Wessel P. Dirksen, Soledad A. Fernandez, Nanda K. Thudi, Jillian L. Werbeck, Michael Dale Lairmore, Thomas J. Rosol

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Adult T-cell /lymphomaleukemia (ATLL) is caused by human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1). Approximately 80% of ATLL patients develop humoral hypercalcemia of malignancy (HHM), a life-threatening complication leading to a poor prognosis. Parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP) and macrophage inflammatory protein-1α (MIP-1α) are important factors in the pathogenesis of HHM in ATLL and the expression of PTHrP can be activated by nuclear factor κB (NF-κB). NF-κB is constitutively activated in ATLL cells and is essential for leukemogenesis including transformation of lymphocytes infected by HTLV-1. Our goal was to evaluate the effects of NF-κB disruption by a proteasomal inhibitor (PS-341) and osteoclastic inhibition by zoledronic acid (Zol) on the development of ATLL and HHM using a novel bioluminescent mouse model. We found that PS-341 decreased cell viability, increased apoptosis, and down-regulated PTHrP expression in ATLL cells in vitro. To investigate the in vivo efficacy, nonobese diabetic/severe combined immunodeficient (NOD/SCID) mice were xenografted with ATLL cells and treated with vehicle control, PS-341, Zol, or a combination of PS-341 and Zol. Bioluminescent imaging and tumor cell count showed a significant reduction in tumor burden in mice from all treatment groups. All treatments also significantly reduced the plasma calcium concentrations. Zol treatment increased trabecular bone volume and decreased osteoclast parameters. PS-341 reduced PTHrP and MIP-1α expression in tumor cells in vivo. Our results indicate that both PS-341 and Zol are effective treatments for ATLL and HHM, which are refractory to conventional therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11859-11866
Number of pages8
JournalCancer Research
Issue number24
StatePublished - Dec 15 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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