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Predictive In Vitro Bone Marrow Toxicity

and Stem Cell Hematotoxicity

 

Bone Marrow Toxicity/Stem Cell Hematotoxicity performed at HemoGenix 

Bone Marrow Toxicity/Stem Cell Hematotoxicity performed at HemoGenix

To detect, predict and characterize bone marrow toxicity and specifically identify stem cell hematotoxicity, HemoGenix® has developed multiple testing platforms, to delineate the cellular response to drug candidates and other agents with respect to their effect on the proliferation or differentiation process.

Very few agents affect a specific blood cell lineage. Similarly, very few agents affect only the differentiation process. As a result, relying on just a colony-forming cell (CFC) assay can miss important information that could be garnered by using validated cytotoxicity assays that have the capability of rapidly and reliably pinpointing target cell populations. The HALO®-Tox HT Platform was designed to address this, and much more, in a standarized, automated and high throughput manner.

 

The infographic above provides an overview of HemoGenix® bone marrow toxicity/stem cell hematotoxicity capabilities.

 

For more information, please contact HemoGenix® directly at info@hemogenix.com or call (719) 264-6250. These services are also available through Science Exchange.

 

 Bone Marrow Toxicity and Stem Cell Hematotoxicity

 

Assays Used for Bone Marrow Toxicity and
Stem Cell Hematotoxicity

 

Assay Name Primary Types of Bone Marrow Toxicity Equivalent Cell Populations Measured Pathways Affected Result

HALO®-Tox HT

HALO® Real Time

HALO® PRT

MultiCellGro™

AllColonies™

Primitive stem cell lympho-hematotoxicity

SC-HPP

Lymphopoiesis and hematopoiesis

"Global" bone marrow toxicity

(see also "global" assays below)

HALO®-Tox HT

HALO® Real Time

Primitive stem cell hematotoxicity SC-GEMM All of hematotpoesis

"Global" hematotoxicity

(see also "global" assays below)

HALO®-Tox HT

HALO® Real Time

ColonyGro™

CAMEO™-4

CAMEO™-96

Mature stem cell hematotoxicity

SC-GEM /

CFC-GEM

Erythropoiesis and myelomonocytopoiesis Anemia and neutropenia
HALO®-Tox HT
HALO® Real Time
ColonyGro™
CAMEO™-4
CAMEO™-96
Erythrotoxicity

P-BFU / 

BFU-E

Erythropoiesis: red blood cell production Clinical anemia

HALO®-Tox HT

HALO® Real Time

ColonyGro™

CAMEO™-4

CAMEO™-96

Myelotoxicity

P-GM / 

GM-CFC

Myelomonocytopoiesis: granulocyte and macrophage production Clinical neutropenia

HALO®-Tox HT

HALO® Real Time
ColonyGro™
CAMEO™-4
CAMEO™-96

Thrombotoxicity

P-Mk /

Mk-CFC

Thrombopoiesis: megakaryocyte and platelet production Clinical thrombocytopenia

HALO®-Tox HT

HALO® Real Time
ColonyGro™
CAMEO™-4
CAMEO™-96

Lymphotoxicity

(see also Immunitoxicity)

P-Tcell and/or P-Bcell /

T-CFC and/or B-CFC

T-lymphopoiesis and/or

B-lymphopoiesis

Clinical lymphopenia

To distinguish between the cell populations detected by HALO® cell suspension expansion assay and the CFC methylcellulose clonal assay, the terms:

SC = stem cell

P = progenitor cell

are used. Colonies are not produced in the HALO®, althugh the same growth factor cocktails to stimulate the same cell populations are used. Therefore, P-BFU is equivalent to the BFU-E erythroid colonies produced in the CFC assay.

 

 Detection of Bone Marrow Toxicity and Stem Cell Hematotoxicity

 

Detection of Bone Marrow Toxicity and
Stem Cell Hematotoxicity

 

Assay Name Assay Type Biological Process Measured / Detected Assay Marker Assay Endpoint

HALO®-Tox HT

96- or 384-Well, high throughput suspension culture. Metabolic viability and functionality

Cell proliferation Standardized intracellular ATP (iATP) Bioluminescence

HALO® Real Time

96-Well suspension culture. Metabolic viability and functionality Cell proliferation Mitochondrial reduction potential Bioluminescence

MultiCellGro™

96-Well suspension culture. Metabolic viability and functionality Cell proliferation "Live" cell protease active Fluorescence

AllColonies™

Colony-forming methylcellulose functional assay Cell differentiation Enumeration of primitive stem cell colonies and mature multi-lineage colony types Colony number

ColonyGro™

Colony-forming methylcellulose functional assay Cell differentiation Enumeration of mature cells to identify colony type Colony number
CAMEO™-4

Miniaturized

colony-forming methylcellulose functional assays

Cell differentiation Enumeration of mature cells to identify colony type Colony number

CAMEO™-96

96-well colony-forming methylcellulose functional assay Cell proliferation and differentiation Enumeration of mature cells to identify colony type AND standardized intracellular ATP  Colony number and bioluminescence

 Species Available for Bone Marrow Toxicity / Stem Cell Hematotoxicity Studies

All instrument-based assay platforms and methylcellulose CFC assays are available for use with the following species:

  • Human
  • Non-human primate (Macaca fascicularis or cynomologus (Cyno) and Macaca mulatta (Rhesus)
  • Dog
  • Rat (various strains)
  • Mouse (various strains)
 
Cells and Tissues Used for Bone Marrow Toxicity and Stem Cell Hematotoxicity Testing
  • Bone marrow (all species)
  • Peripheral blood (human and large animal species)
  • Umbilical cord blood (human)
  • Purified stem cell populations (e.g. human CD34 , CD133 cells)
  • Other hematopoietic organs from animals (e.g. spleen, fetal liver, yolk sac)

 Lympho-Hematopoietic Cell Populations Available for Enumeration

Only HemoGenix®  has the capability of detecting the response of drug candidates an other agents on multiple individual stem, progenitor and precursor cell populations. This can be performed using HALO®-Tox HT or colony-forming cell (CFC) assays described above. It should also be emphasized that these cytotoxicity assays can also be combined (multiplexed) with other endpoints described in the next section.

 

The nomeclature used to describe different cell populations of the lympho-hematopoietic systems is often confusing. In addition, although HALO® incorporates similar growth factor cocktails to detect different populations, colonies of cells are not produced, because HALO®-Tox HT incorporates a more efficient Suspension Expansion Culture™ (SEC™) technology than the CFC assay. The table below, therefore describes the CFC nomenclature and the equivalent HALO® nomenclature for each cell population tested. To this end, "SC" means "stem cell" and "P" means "progenitor cell" for populations detected using HALO®.

 

Stem Cell Populations Detected using
HALO®-Tox HT and/or CFC Assays

Methylcellulose/

Non-Methylcellulose

Designation

Stem Cell Type Growth Factor/Cytokine Cocktail

ColonyGro™/

CAMEO™-4

CAMEO™-96

HALO®/

HemoFLUOR/

HemoLIGHT

HPP-SP X /

SC-HPP X

Quiescent, primitive lympho-hematopoietic stem cell: High Proliferative Potential - Stem and Progenitor Cell

IL-3, IL-6, SCF,
Flt3-L
No No Yes (only for human cells)

HPP-SP XT /

SC-HPP XT

Quiescent, primitive lympho-hematopoietic stem cell: High Proliferative Potential - Stem and Progenitor Cell

IL-3, IL-6, SCF,
Flt3-L+CD3+CD28
No No Yes (only for human cells)

HPP-SP 1 /

SC-HPP 1

Quiescent, primitive lympho-hematopoietic stem cell: High Proliferative Potential - Stem and Progenitor Cell

IL-3, IL-6, SCF, TPO, Flt3-L Yes Yes Yes

HPP-SP 1T /

SC-HPP 1T

Quiescent, primitive lympho-hematopoietic stem cell: High Proliferative Potential - Stem and Progenitor Cell

IL-3, IL-6, SCF, Flt3-L+IL-2+CD3+CD28 No No Yes (only for human cells)

HPP-SP 2 /

SC-HPP 2

Induced, primitive lympho-hematopoietic stem cell: High Proliferative Potential - Stem and Progenitor Cell EPO, GM-CFC, IL-2, IL-3, IL-6, IL-7, SCF, TPO, Flt3-L Yes Yes Yes

CFC-GEMM 1 /

SC-GEMM 1

Primitive hematopoietic stem cell equivalent to the Colony-Forming Cell - Granulocyte, Erythroid, Macrophage, Megakaryocyte EPO, GM-CFC, IL-3, IL-6, SCF, TPO, Flt3-L Yes Yes Yes

CFC-GEMM 2 /

SC-GEMM 2

Primitive hematopoietic stem cell equivalent to the Colony-Forming Cell - Granulocyte, Erythroid, Macrophage, Megakaryocyte EPO, GM-CFC, IL-3, IL-6, SCF, TPO Yes Yes Yes

CFC-GEMM 3 / 

SC-GEMM 3

Primitive hematopoietic stem cell equivalent to the Colony-Forming Cell - Granulocyte, Erythroid, Macrophage, Megakaryocyte

EPO, GM-CFC, G-CSF, IL-3, IL-6, SCF + TPO

(similar to MethoCult™ H4435)

Yes Yes Yes

CFC-GEM 1 /

SC-GEM 1

Mature hematopoietic stem cell equivalent to the Colony-Forming Cell - Granulocyte, Erythroid, Macrophage

EPO, GM-CFC, IL-3, IL-6, SCF

Yes Yes Yes

CFC-GEM 2 /

SC-GEM 2

Mature hematopoietic stem cell equivalent to the Colony-Forming Cell - Granulocyte, Erythroid, Macrophage

EPO, GM-CFC, IL-3, SCF

(similar to MethoCult™ H4434)

Yes Yes Yes

CFC-GEM 3 /

SC-GEM 3

Most mature hematopoietic stem cell equivalent to the Colony-Forming Cell - Granulocyte, Erythroid, Macrophage

EPO, GM-CFC, G-CSF, IL-3, SCF

(similar to MethoCult™ H4034)

Yes Yes Yes

 

 

 

Progenitor Cell Populations Detected Using
HALO®-Tox HT and CFC Assays

Methylcellulose/
Non-Methylcellulose
Designation
Progenitor Cell Type Growth Factor/Cytokine Cocktail CAMEO™-4 CAMEO™-96

HALO®/

HemoFLUOR/

HemoLIGHT

BFU-E 1 /

P-BFU 1

Primitive erythropoietic progenitor cell equivalent to the Burst-Forming Unit - Erythroid EPO, IL-3, SCF Yes Yes Yes

BFU-E 2 /

P-BFU 2

Primitive erythropoietic progenitor cell equivalent to the Burst-Forming Unit - Erythroid EPO alone Yes Yes Yes

GM-CFC 1 /

P-GM 1

Primitive granulocyte-macrophage progenitor cell equivalent to the Granulocyte-Macrophage - Colony-Forming Cell GM-CSF, IL-3, SCF (similar to H4534) Yes Yes Yes

GM-CFC 2 /

P-GM 2

Primitive granulocyte-macrophage progenitor cell equivalent to the Granulocyte-Macrophage - Colony-Forming Cell

GM-CSF, G-CSF, IL-3, SCF

(similar to H4035)

Yes Yes Yes

GM-CFC 3 /

P-GM 3

Primitive granulocyte-macrophage progenitor cell equivalent to the Granulocyte-Macrophage - Colony-Forming Cell

GM-CSF alone

Yes Yes Yes

Mk-CFC 1 /

P-Mk 1

Primitive megakaryocyte progenitor cell equivalent to the Megakaryocyte - Colony-Forming Cell

TPO, IL-3, SCF

Yes Yes Yes

Mk-CFC 2 /

P-Mk 2

Primitive megakaryocyte progenitor cell equivalent to the Megakaryocyte - Colony-Forming Cell

TPO alone

Yes Yes Yes
T-CFC / P-Tcell Primitive T-lymphocyte progenitor cell equivalent to the T-Colony-Forming Cell

IL-2

Yes Yes Yes
B-CFC / P-Bcell Primitive B-lymphocyte progenitor cell equivalent to the Megakaryocyte - Colony-Forming Cell

IL-7

Yes Yes Yes

 

The number of cell divisions, and therefore proliferation ability, exhibited by precursor cell populations is extremely limited. For this reason, HALO®-Tox HT is not offered for hematopoietic precursor cell populations.

 

 

Precursor Cell Populations Detected using CFC Assays

Designation Progenitor Cell Type Growth Factor/Cytokine Cocktail CAMEO™-4 CAMEO™-96 HALO®
CFU-E Erythropoietic precursor cell: Colony-Forming Unit - Erythroid EPO alone Yes Yes NA
G-CFC Granulocyte precuGranulocyte - Colony-Forming Cell G-CSF Yes Yes NA
M-CFC Macrophage - Colony-Forming Cell M-CSF Yes Yes NA

 

 Bone Marrow Toxicity / Stem Cell Hematotoxicity Panel - Mechanism of Action (MOA)

Besides the basic assays used to determine stem cell hematotoxicity and general bone marrow toxicity, HemoGenix® also offers a number of other assays that can be multiplexed with HALO® and CAMEO™ assays or used individually. These can be incorporated to study mechanism of action. For more information, please refer to the Mechanism of Action Page.


Analyzing Mechanism of Action of
Bone Marrow Toxicity and Stem Cell Hematototoxicity 

Assay Name Assay Type Pathway Readout

HALO®-96 PRT

(see below)

Residual stem cell toxicity and change in compound sensitivity Proliferation Bioluminescence

HALO® Real Time

Kinetics of compound response Proliferation Bioluminescence
Cell cycle DNA marker Proliferation Fluorescence
FlowDiff™ Hematopoietic membrane expression markers Characterization / Differentiation Fluorescence
LIVEGlo™ iATP Metabolic viability / Mitochondrial Function Bioluminescence
Dye Exclusion Viability 7-Aminoactinomycin D (7-AAD) / Propidium Iodide (PI) Membrane integrity Fluorescence
Mitochondrial ToxGlo™* ATP Mitochondrial dysfunction Bioluminescence / Fluorescence
Glutathione Assay Glutathione Oxidative stress Luminescence

OxyFLOW™

8-Oxoguanine addudcts Oxidative DNA damage Fluorescence
CaspaseGlo™* Apoptosis Caspases Luminescence
Annexin-V / PI Apoptosis / Necrosis Phosphatidylcholine Fluorescence
GFkine™  Growth factor, cytokine production / release Multiple Multiple

* Promega Corporation assays 

 Examples of Bone Marrow Toxicity and Stem Cell Hemotoxicity

 

 

Examples of measuring drug toxicity to hematopoietic cells using HALO-Tox HT

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The diagram to the left shows the dose response relationship between a number of familiar drugs and the effect on in vitro hematopoietic multipotential mature stem cells, SC-GEMM 1, derived from human bone marrow mononuclear cells. These results were obtained using HALO®-384 HT. The upper graph shows that Omeprezole, Cyclosporine, Cimetidine and Warfarin have little if any effect on hematopoietic stem cells over the dose range studied. In contrast, Tamoxifin shows partial cytotoxicity at high doses, while Verapamil is cytotoxic at high doses. The lower graph demonstrates that while AZT and Cisplatin produce an inhibition at the highest doses, both 5-Fluorouracil and Mitomycin-C are highly toxic.

 

 

Validation of HALO-Tox HT against the Registry of Cytotoxicity Prediction Model

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How Results from HALO®-Tox HT Help Estimate in vivo Starting Doses?

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Validation of HALO®-Tox HT as a Cytotoxicity Assay

HALO® has been validated against the Registry of Cytotoxicity Prediction Model. The Registry of Cytotoxicity contains a list of compounds for which the LD50 values in rats or mice have been documented. If the LD50 for a group of reference compounds is plotted against the IC50 values obtained from an in vitro assay, in this case HALO®, the points should allow a linear regression to be drawn with specific parameters. This not only allows the assay to be validated as a cytotoxicity assay, but allows an even more interesting aspect to be investigated. This is shown in the table. Using the Registry of Cytotoxicity Prediction Model, it is possible to convert in vitro IC50 values into clinically relevant doses, either in mg/kg or as mg/m2. The results of this conversion are shown in the table on the left. The doses on the far right of the table, are those used to treat various forms of human cancer. It can be seen that the estimated doses for the anti-cancer drugs shown and obtained using the IC50 values derived from HALO® are in the same order of magnitude as those used for treatment. Only one drug, namely vinblastine, is the exception. 

 

The ability of HALO®-Tox HT to estimate in vivo starting doses for pre-clinical animal studies or human clinical trials is of immense predictive value, since other assays (including the CFC assay), have never been validated in this manner.

 

 

 HALO®-Tox HT "Global" Predictive Stem Cell Hematotoxicity and Bone Marrow Toxicity

How HALO-Tox HT can be used to predict "global" hemotoxicity

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The high-throughput capability of HALO®-Tox HT allows not only individual cell populations to be analyzed, but also multiple cell populations, simultaneously. This, in turn, provides a "global" view of potential bone marrow toxicity and stem cell hematototoxicity.

HemoGenix® has designed 3 "global" predictive panels that test the response of multiple stem and progenitor cell populations to multiple compounds and multiple species.  The 3 "global" panels are:

Panel 1. 4-Population "Global" Panel: SC-GEMM 1, P-BFU 1, P-GM 1
and P-Mk 1.

Panel 2. 5-Population "Global" Panel: SC-HPP 1, SC-GEMM 1, P-BFU 1,
P-GM 1 and P-Mk 1.

Panel 3. 7-Population "Global" Panal: SC-HPP 1, SC-GEMM 1, P-BFU 1,
P-GM 1, P-Mk 1, P-Tcell and P-Bcell.
These "global" assays provide a complete analysis and prediction of potential stem cell hematotoxicity and overall bone marrow toxicity.

 Residual Stem Cell Hematotoxicity and Changes in Drug Sensitivity

Residual stem cell toxicity occurs when a drug or other agent leaves some stem cell unharmed or undamaged. If the insult is only administerd once, there is a chance that the system may recover. However, multiple doses may not only damage stam cells that were not initially affected, but may also induce increased sensitivity to the drug on multiple dosing.

HALO® PRT: Measuring Residual Toxicity

There are several permutations, but the basic methodology occurs as follows:

  1. Perform a drug or compound dose response on one or more stem cell populations within the stem cell compartment in a primary in vitro cell culture system.
  2. Analyze the results to determine if residual stem cells remain after the first treatment.
  3. Remove cells treated with different doses from the primary cell culture and perform a secondary, re-plating culture of the treated cells.
  4. Analyze the secondary response for changes in dose sensitivity and expansion potential.

 

 

How HALO-96 PRT can be used to measure residual hemotoxicity

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Assays to Determine Predictive Residual Toxicity (PRT)

HALO® PRT is used to predict residual toxicity. An example of a PRT assay is shown. In this example, residual toxicity is determined for Daunorubicin. In the first, primary culture, a Daunorubicin dose response is performed for both the primitive lympho-hematopoietic (HPP-SP) and more mature hematopoietic (CFC-GEMM) stem cells. After secondary re-plating of the cells from the HPP-SP dose response, the results shown in the right-hand graph were obtained. In this case, both the HPP-SP 1 and HPP-SP 2 primitive stem cell populations were detected. The HPP-SP 2 assay detects the ability of the HPP-SP 1 cells to expand. Since Daunorubicin results in eradication of the both primitive and mature stem cell populations at high doses (left graph), it is clear that few if any residual cells will remain as depicted in the right-hand graph. However, it is also clear that the HPP-SP2 stem cell population has increased its sensitivity to the drug at all IC values. 

 Drug Interactions and Combination Therapies on Stem Cell Hematotoxicity

The interaction of drugs on the cytochrome P450 system (activation and inhibition) in hepatocytes is the traditional method of analyzing drug-drug interactions. However, these enzymatic reactions often do not correlate with the cellular effects that occur in a tissue. The HALO®-Tox DDI Platform is a one-of-a-kind assay to study the effects of drug-drug interactions. These are relatively complicated studies to perform since two or more compounds have to be titrated against each other.

 

Related to drug-drug interactions are the effects of drugs used in combination with each other. Such combinations are used in chemotherapy to treat different forms of cancer. Combination drug therapies are often more effective than single drugs. New drugs designed to be less toxic on their own could interact with more conventional drugs to be more toxic and even less effective. Such combinations can be analyzed to help predict unwanted and unnecessary side effects.

 

Please navigate to the DDI Page for more information.