Monitoring abscopal responses to radiation in mice
Maria Esperanza Rodriguez-Ruiz, Takahiro Yamazaki, Aitziber Buqué, Norma Bloy, Viviane A O Silva, Lena Stafford, Ai Sato, Lorenzo Galluzzi
Focal radiation therapy has the potential to generate systemic tumor-targeting immune responses so potent as to eradicate anatomically distant, non-irradiated malignant lesions, a phenomenon commonly referred to as "the abscopal response." In cancer patients, bona fide abscopal responses are rare, although the recent introduction of immune checkpoint blockers into the clinical practice has significantly increased their incidence.
In rodents, abscopal responses can be conveniently modeled by establishing two, slightly asynchronous and anatomically distant subcutaneous tumors in syngeneic immunocompetent hosts, provided that the therapeutic partners of radiation potentially included in the regimen of choice do not mediate systemic anticancer effects per se. Here, we describe such method to monitor abscopal responses based on mammary carcinoma TSA cells implanted in syngeneic immunocompetent BALB/c mice. With minor variations, the same technique can be conveniently applied to a variety of transplantable mouse tumors.
CITA DEL ARTÍCULO Methods Enzymol. 2020;635:111-125. doi: 10.1016/bs.mie.2019.04.014.