CD40 ligand is necessary and sufficient to support primary diffuse large B-cell lymphoma cells in culture: a tool for in vitro preclinical studies with primary B-cell malignancies
ABSTRACT Established cell lines are utilized extensively to study tumor biology and preclinical therapeutic development. However, they may not accurately recapitulate the heterogeneity of their corresponding primary disease. B-cell tumor cells are especially difficult to maintain under conventional culture conditions, limiting access to samples that faithfully represent this disease for preclinical studies. Here, we used primary canine diffuse large B-cell lymphoma to establish a culture system that reliably supports the growth of these cells. CD40 ligand, either expressed by feeder cells or provided as a soluble two-trimeric form, was sufficient to support primary lymphoma cells in vitro. The tumor cells retained their original phenotype, clonality and known karyotypic abnormalities after extended expansion in culture. Finally, we illustrate the utility of the feeder cell-free culture system for comparable assessment of cytotoxicity using dog and human B-cell malignancies. We conclude that this system has broad applications for in vitro preclinical development for B-cell malignancies.
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ABSTRACT: The Syk protein-tyrosine kinase, a well characterized regulator of immune cell function, plays an increasingly recognized role in tumorigenesis as a promoter of cell survival in both hematological and nonhematological malignancies. We show here that the expression of Syk in MCF7 or MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells or in DG75 B lymphoma cells protects cells from apoptosis induced by oxidative or genotoxic stress by stabilizing the mRNA for Bcl-xL, an anti-apoptotic protein. Syk binds robustly to nucleolin and phosphorylates it on tyrosine, enhancing its ability to bind the Bcl-xL mRNA. Consequently, reducing the level of nucleolin by RNA interference attenuates the ability of Syk to protect cells from stress-induced cell death.Molecular and Cellular Biology 08/2014; 34(20). DOI:10.1128/MCB.00937-14 · 5.04 Impact Factor
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