Systemic interleukin 2 therapy for human prostate tumors in a nude mouse model

Jeffrey A. Triest, David J. Grignon, Michael L. Cher, Sosa V. Kocheril, Emily J. Montecillo, Bharat Talati, Samuel Tekyi-Mensah, J. Edson Pontes, Gilda G. Hillman

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Once the regional lymph nodes become involved in prostate carcinoma, 85% of patients develop distant metastases within 5 years, and metastatic disease is difficult to treat. We have investigated the effect of systemic interleukin 2 (IL-2) treatment on metastatic prostate carcinoma using a xenograft tumor model. Cells from a PC-3/IF cell line, produced by intrafemoral injection of human PC-3 prostate carcinoma cells, were injected in the prostate of Balb/c nude mice. Prostate tumors and para-aortic lymph nodes were resected, and tumor cells were recultured and passaged in the prostate in vivo to produce new cell lines. On day 6 following prostatic injection of these cell lines, mice were treated with i.p. injections of IL- 2 at 25,000-50,000 units/day for 5 consecutive days. The effect of IL-2 on tumor progression was assessed, and histological studies were performed on prostate tumor and lymph node sections. The tumor cell lines generated by serial prostate injection were tumorigenic and metastasized to regional para- aortic lymph nodes. Tumors of 0.4 cm were obtained by day 16 and grew to 1- 1.5 cm by day 40 with metastasis to para-aortic lymph nodes. Following two to three weekly courses of 5 days of 25,000-40,000 units/day of IL-2, the growth of prostate tumors was inhibited by 94%. Higher doses of 50,000 units/day were toxic. Histologically, prostate sections showed vascular damage manifested by multifocal hemorrhages and an influx of lymphocytes and polymorphonuclear cells into disintegrating tumors and areas of necrosis containing numerous apoptotic cells. In contrast to control mice, para- aortic lymph nodes were not enlarged in responding mice. These findings suggest that systemic IL-2 therapy can induce an antitumor response in prostate tumors and control their growth and metastasis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2009-2014
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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    Triest, J. A., Grignon, D. J., Cher, M. L., Kocheril, S. V., Montecillo, E. J., Talati, B., Tekyi-Mensah, S., Pontes, J. E., & Hillman, G. G. (1998). Systemic interleukin 2 therapy for human prostate tumors in a nude mouse model. Clinical Cancer Research, 4(8), 2009-2014.