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Title: Effective inhibition of xenografts of hepatocellular carcinoma (hepg2) by rapamycin and bevacizumab in an intrahepatic model
Authors: Ong, L.-C.
Song, I.-C.
Jin, Y.
Kee, I.H.C.
Siew, E.
Yu, S.
Thng, C.-H.
Huynh, H.
Chow, P.K.H. 
Keywords: 18F-FDG-PET
Hepatocellular carcinoma
Orthotopic xenograft model
Tumor vasculature
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Ong, L.-C., Song, I.-C., Jin, Y., Kee, I.H.C., Siew, E., Yu, S., Thng, C.-H., Huynh, H., Chow, P.K.H. (2009). Effective inhibition of xenografts of hepatocellular carcinoma (hepg2) by rapamycin and bevacizumab in an intrahepatic model. Molecular Imaging and Biology 11 (5) : 334-342. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Purpose: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) displays a characteristic hypervascularity and depends on angiogenesis for tumor growth, which thus provides a potential target for therapeutic approaches to HCC. In this study, through the use of combined micro-positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT), we investigate if such a combined targeting of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) activity and expression might retard HCC growth in an orthotopic intrahepatic xenograft model. Procedures: Xenograft models were created by intraportal vein injection of HepG2 cell suspensions in severe combined immunodeficient mice. The mice were then treated with (1) rapamycin (RAPA), a mammalian target of rapamycin pathway inhibitor; (2) bevazicumab (BEV), a VEGF monoclonal antibody; and (3) a RAPA/BEV combination. Results: Assessment of HCC progression using CT with Omnipaque and PET with 2-deoxy-2-(F-18)-fluoro-D-glucose showed that mice treated with RAPA/BEV had the lowest standardized uptake values (SUVs). At week 2, mice treated with RAPA/BEV, RAPA, and BEV all showed a marked decrease in the SUVmax readings with the greatest drop being observed in the RAPA/BEV group (1.33±0.26, 1.81±0.2, 2.05±0.4 vs. vehicle control 2.11±0.53). Conclusions: Ourresults, supported by micro-PET/CT, suggest that RAPA/BEV represents a potential novel antiangiogenic therapy for the treatment of HCC. © The Author(s) 2009.
Source Title: Molecular Imaging and Biology
ISSN: 15361632
DOI: 10.1007/s11307-009-0213-4
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