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Lentiviral transduction of rat adipose-derived stem cells for stable production of TRAIL in the tumour microenvironment in an in-vitro model of breast cancer
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1  Department of Methodology, Medical University of Warsaw, Poland
Academic Editor: Carlos Moreno


Adipose-derived stem cells (rADSC) play a multifaceted role in cancer metabolism and constitute a potential target for oncologic therapies. Local delivery of TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) can limit tumour growth by selective binding to the death receptor (DR5) in cancer cells. In most healthy cells this pathway is blocked by decoy antagonists such as osteoprotegerin (OPG). This in-vitro study aimed to evaluate an oncologic treatment based on the delivery of TRAIL-transduced rADSC to the vicinity of breast adenocarcinoma cells.

A plasmid containing transgene was produced using the Cloning HD system(TakaraBio) based on Plvx-EF1a-IRES-PURO plasmid and amplified TRAIL gene from the Sprague-Dawley rat kidney. Lentiviral particles were produced using VSV-G Single Shots(TakaraBio) in HEK293T cells. Cytotoxicity of TRAIL against rADSC and RBA (rat adenocarcinoma of the mammary gland) was measured using MTS Assay. Quantitative PCR and Western Blot analyses were conducted to confirm transgene overexpression and measure OPG and DR5 expression in both cell lines. Direct cytotoxicity of RBA cells to transduced rADSC was measured using exposure to a supernatant of TRAIL-expressing rADSC. Data analysis was done using the student’s t-test.

Cells were successfully transduced, and TRAIL expression was 400-fold higher in transduced cells (P<0.01) than in controls. The expression of TRAIL-dependent receptors was higher in rADSC (OPG – 30-fold (P<0.01) and DR5 - 6-fold (P<0.05)). RBA cells were susceptible to exogenous TRAIL and the cell supernatant – IC50 was equal to 200 ng/ml, while rADSC were resistant to TRAIL.

The results show that TRAIL-transduced rADSC are cytotoxic against adenocarcinoma cells. Overexpression of TRAIL by rADSC also stimulates their growth leading to an increased cancer microenvironment penetration. Such active surveillance based on stable local production of anticancer cytokine can limit cancer recurrence when transplanted into the vicinity of cancer tissue.

Keywords: Mesenchymal Stem Cell; Breast Cancer; TRAIL; Gene Therapy
Comments on this paper
Marta Wojtkiewicz
Interesting idea, have you tested the direct cytotoxic effect of transduced ADSC against cancer cells?
Mateusz Gotowiec
Yes, we are currently measuring such effect using other MTS Assay and the results are very promising.
Mateusz Gotowiec
Yes we have used the supernatant from our transduced cells in MTS Assay and the results are promising.

Fatemeh Madani
Superb project, I am interested to know what was the medium for the delivery of Adipose-derived stem cells?
Mateusz Gotowiec
We have used two different medium types - as we weren’t sure if ADSC will grow on typical medium we have used Adipose-Derived Stem Cell Growth Medium from IX Cells Biotechnologies. However, after some time we have observed that cells grow nearly as good in DMEM/F12 medium with high concentration of FBS - best 20%. Therefore we begun using DMEM/F12 20% FBS as the basic medium for our ADSC.
Fatemeh Madani
Thank you for your detailed and complete answer.