A Syngeneic ErbB2 Mammary Cancer Model for Preclinical Immunotherapy Trials

Zsófia Pénzváltó, Jane Qian Chen, Clifford G Tepper, Ryan R. Davis, Matthew T. Silvestrini, Maxine Umeh-Garcia, Colleen Sweeney, Alexander D. Borowsky

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In order to develop a practical model of breast cancer, with in vitro and syngeneic, immune-intact, in vivo growth capacity, we established a primary cell line derived from a mammary carcinoma in the transgenic FVB/N-Tg(MMTV-ErbB2*)NDL2-5Mul mouse, referred to as “NDL UCD ”. The cell line is adapted to standard cell culture and can be transplanted into syngeneic FVB/N mice. The line maintains a stable phenotype over multiple in vitro passages and rounds of in vivo transplantation. NDL UCD tumors in FVB/N mice exhibit high expression of ErbB2 and ErbB3 and signaling molecules downstream of ErbB2. The syngeneic transplant tumors elicit an immune reaction in the adjacent stroma, detected and characterized using histology, immunophenotyping, and gene expression. NDL UCD cells also express PD-L1 in vivo and in vitro, and in vivo transplants are reactive to anti-immune checkpoint therapy with responses conducive to immunotherapy studies. This new NDL UCD cell line model is a practical alternative to the more commonly used 4T1 cells, and our previously described FVB/N-Tg(MMTV-PyVT)634Mul derived Met-1 fvb2 and FVB/NTg(MMTV-PyVT Y315F/Y322F ) derived DB-7 fvb2 cell lines. The NDL UCD cells have, so far, remained genetically and phenotypically stable over many generations, with consistent and reproducible results in immune intact preclinical cohorts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Breast cancer
  • Erbb2
  • Immunotherapy
  • Mouse model
  • PD-L1
  • Syngeneic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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