Prostate cancer models

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Preclinical models to evaluate new therapies for prostate cancer


Prostate cancer (PCa) is currently the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the fifth leading cause of death among men worldwide.

Early detection followed by prostatectomy leads to a very high 15-year survival but many men globally still do not have access to routine screening leading to later-stage diagnosis.  Other than surgery, common treatments include radiation, hormone blockers or chemotherapy agents such as docetaxel.  Recent targeted therapy approaches such as BRCA mutant inhibitors and molecular radiotherapies targeting PSMA show promise.

Oncodesign Services provides in vivo models of prostate cancer


Oncodesign Services offers testing of therapies on CDX and PDX models of androgen-sensitive and androgen-refractory prostate cancer as subcutaneous tumor models in mice.   Syngeneic models are also available for therapies requiring an intact host immune system.

Metastasis:  we also offer prostate-to-bone modeling as a proxy for bone mets, a common metastasis site for stage-IV prostate cancers.  Drug exposure in the bone tumor microenvironment (TME) is sufficiently different from the subcutaneous TME to warrant this advanced modeling for therapies aiming to treat metastatic disease.


For in vivo preclinical translational pharmacology and ADME/DMPK purposes these include the following human CDX (cell line-derived xenograft) and PDX (patient-derived xenograft) as well as syngeneic animal models mimicking the different clinical situation of this cancer pathology:


Clinical features Syngeneic models CDX models PDX models
Androgen-sensitive R3327H CWR22
MDA PCa2b (PSMA expressing)
Androgen-refractory (castration resistant, Hormone-refractory) R3327-AT3 DU145
LnCap-C4.2 (PSMA expressing)
CWR22-Rv1 (PSMA expressing)
LuCAP 96CR (PSMA expressing)
LuCaP 136CR
Advanced Metastatic disease R3327-MatLyLu (lung mets) PC-3 (bone mets)


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Case study :

Subcutaneous LnCap C4.2 model – Tumor growth inhibition and decrease of PSA biomarker following enzalutamide treatment