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Franck Assayag, André Nicolas, Sophie Vacher, Catherine Dehainault, Ivan Bieche, Didier Meseure, Isabelle Aerts, Nathalie Cassoux, Claude Houdayer, François Doz, Didier Decaudin; Combination of Carboplatin and Bevacizumab Is an Efficient Therapeutic Approach in Retinoblastoma Patient-Derived Xenografts. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2016;57(11):4916-4926. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/iovs.15-18725.
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Retinoblastoma (Rb) is a rare childhood cancer of the retina with a survival rate of 95% in children living in high-income countries, after appropriate therapies such as chemotherapy, local ophthalmologic treatment, and radiotherapy. However, due to inactivation of the RB1 gene, all bilateral and almost 15% of unilateral retinoblastoma patients have a higher risk of s econdary cancers, especially sarcomas. Hence, new nonmutagen treatments are warranted. Therefore, we investigated the efficacy of therapy using anti-VEGF antibody bevacizumab, either alone or with carboplatin, in well-characterized Rb patient-derived xenografts (PDXs).
Three Rb PDXs previously established and characterized, RB102, RB111, and RB200, have been treated using carboplatin, bevacizumab, or carboplatin + bevacizumab. In order to define antitumor responses, various quantitative PCR and histopathologic analyses have then been performed on tumors collected at the end of experiments.
In all treated PDX models, we have observed a high and significant improvement of chemotherapy-induced in vivo efficacy by the antiangiogenic antibody. The overall response rate, lower than −0.5, was 48%, 27%, and 86% after carboplatin, bevacizumab, and carboplatin + bevacizumab, respectively (carboplatin versus carboplatin + bevacizumab; P < 10−2; bevacizumab versus carboplatin + bevacizumab; P < 10−3). In the Rb200 PDX, such a result was also observed when bevacizumab was combined with lower doses of carboplatin. Quantitative PCR and histopathologic analyses have been performed and confirmed the impact of the bevacizumab-based treatments on various angiogenic markers.
Overall, our in vivo results confirm the interest in antiangiogenic therapy for the treatment of Rb in combination with carboplatin and provide a robust rationale for testing this combination in the clinical setting for Rb patients.
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