Strain Name: NOD/ShiLtJGpt-Prkdcem26Cd52Il2rgem26Cd22/Gpt
Strain Type: Knock out
Strain No.: T001475
Strain Background: NOD/ShiLtJGpt
NCG (NOD/ShiLtJGpt-Prkdcem26Cd52Il2rgem26Cd22/Gpt) is a severely immunodeficient strain obtained by knocking out the Prkdc (Protein kinase, DNA activated, catalytic polypeptide) and Il2rg (Common gamma chain receptor) genes of NOD/ShiltJGpt mice using gene editing techniques. The genetic background of NOD/ShiltJGpt makes this strain carry innate immunodeficiencies, such as deficiencies in the complement system and macrophage; meanwhile, Sirpa from this background has a high affinity for human CD47, making NOD/ShiltJGpt more suitable than other strains for the colonization of human grafts such as tumors and human cells. The function of the Prkdc gene renders the V(D)J recombination and the maturation of T-cells and B-cells impossible. IL2RG is a shared subunit of multiple interleukin cytokine receptors; the deactivation of IL2RG would lead to the deletion of 6 cytokine signaling channels, resulting in NK cell defects. In light of this, NCG, as one of the most thoroughly immunodeficient mouse models, is very suitable for cell line-derived xenograft (CDX), patient-derived xenograft (PDX), and immunologic reconstitution with human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and human hemopoietic stem cells (CD34+ HSC) transplantation. For its long-life cycle (> 89 weeks), NCG is suitable for long-term transplantation and pharmacodynamics evaluation.
Humanized immune system mouse models, e.g. humanized BLT mice, humanized PBMC mice and humanized CD34+ mice;
Human cell line-derived xenograft, patient-derived xenograft (CDX, PDX)
Efficacy evaluation (small molecular/macromolecular drugs, combination therapies);
Human cancer models
1. NCG peripheral blood immune cell sub-population statistics
Figure 1 NOD, NOD-Scid and NCG mice statistical plot of the percentage of peripheral blood immune cell fractions (n=5)
Peripheral blood of 7-week-old NOD, NOD-Scid and NCG mice was taken for flow assay to determine the ratio of their immune cell fractions. The results showed that compared with NOD, NOD-Scid had almost no T and B cells, the proportion of NK cells increased compensatorily, the proportion of DC cells, neutrophils, monocytes and eosinophils increased, and the proportion of macrophages decreased. Compared with NOD, NCG had almost no T, B, NK cells and macrophages, and the immunodeficiency was more complete than that of NOD-Scid.
2. NCG spleen immune cell sub-population statistics
Figure 2. NOD, NOD-Scid and NCG mice statistical plot of the percentage of splenic immune cell fractions(n=5)
The spleens of 7-week-old NOD, NOD-Scid and NCG mice were taken for flow assay to determine their immune cell fraction ratios. The results showed that compared with NOD, NOD-Scid had almost no T and B cells, the proportion of NK cells was compensatingly increased, and the proportions of DC cells, neutrophils, monocytes, eosinophils and macrophages were elevated. Compared with NOD, NCG had almost no T, B and NK cells and a higher degree of immunodeficiency.
3. NCG bone marrow immune cell sub-population statistics
Figure 3 NOD, NOD-Scid and NCG mice statistical plot of the percentage of bone marrow immune cell fractions (n=5)
The bone marrow of 7-week-old NOD, NOD-Scid and NCG mice was taken for flow assay to determine the proportion of each subpopulation (Hematopoietic stem cells, Pre-pro-B, Pro-B, Pre-B, Immature B, Transitional B, Early mature B, Late mature B) during B-cell production. The results showed that Pre-pro B cells and Pro B cells were increased in the bone marrow of NOD-Scid and NCG mice compared to NOD, while the content of Pre-B cells, Early/late mature B cells was decreased. In addition, transitional B cells were significantly increased in the bone marrow of NCG mice compared to NOD and NOD-Scid mice.
4. NCG H&E staining of spleen, thymus and lymph nodes
Figure 4. NOD, NOD-Scid and NCG mice H&E staining of spleen, thymus and lymph nodes
The spleen, thymus and lymph nodes of 7-week-old NOD, NOD-Scid and NCG mice were fixed in 4% PFA, paraffin-embedded, sectioned and stained with H&E to determine whether there were any abnormalities in their organ structures. The results showed that the spleen of NOD mice had an intact peritoneum, and no thickening was observed. The spleen sinus was not dilated, the size of splenic vesicles was not abnormally changed, and the ratio of red to white medulla was approximately normal; the thymus was intact, the cortex and medulla were normal, and thymic vesicles were visible in the medulla, and no pathological changes such as hemorrhage and atrophy were observed; the ratio of lymph node cortex to medulla was normal, and lymphocytes were not reduced or necrotic. In contrast, the spleen lymph nodes of NOD-Scid and NCG mice were reduced in size and the number of lymphocytes was decreased; the thymus cortex and medulla were not well defined, the thymus was atrophied, and the cortical and medullary lymphocytes were significantly reduced; the lymph node cortex and medulla were not well defined, the cortex was atrophied, and the cortical and medullary lymphocytes were significantly reduced. the results of H&E reading were consistent with the results of body vision and flow.
In addition, 7-week-old NOD, NOD-Scid and NCG mice hearts, livers, lungs, kidneys, colon and testes(males) were taken for H&E staining. The results showed that all three strains had normal organ tissue structure.
5. NCG organ index and number of lymph nodes
Figure 5. NOD, NOD-Scid and NCG mice comparison of organ indices and number of lymph nodes (n=10)
The hearts, livers, spleens, lungs, kidneys, brains and testes (males) of 7-week-old NOD, NOD-Scid and NCG mice were taken for organ weighing and organ indices were calculated. The results showed that the spleen index was significantly reduced in NOD-Scid and NCG mice compared to NOD mice, and the reduction was even more significant in NCG. The remaining organ indices were not significantly different.
In addition, by counting the cervical lymph nodes, axillary lymph nodes, inguinal lymph nodes, mesenteric lymph nodes and Paired lymph nodes in mice, the results showed that the number of lymph nodes was significantly reduced in NOD-Scid and NCG mice compared with NOD mice, while all NCG mice had no inguinal lymph nodes, mesenteric lymph nodes and Paired lymph nodes.
6. NCG growth curve
Figure 6. Growth curve of NCG mice
Body weight analysis was performed for 16-week-old NCG mice. The results showed that the body weight of NCG male mice was generally higher than that of female mice.
7. Routine blood analysis
Table 1. Whole blood cell count analysis in 7-week-old NOD, NOD-Scid and NCG mice
8. Blood biochemistry analysis
Table 2. Blood biochemical analysis of 7-week-old NOD, NOD-Scid and NCG mice
9. NCG tumorigenicity test
Figure 7. NCG mice tumorigenicity test
Human breast cancer cell line BT-474, human colon cancer cell line COLO205, human pancreatic cancer cell line PANC1 and human ovarian cancer cell line SK-OV-3 were inoculated subcutaneously into 6-8 week old Nu/NOD-Scid/NCG mice at logarithmic growth stage, respectively, and the tumors grew in a gradient curve in size with time. (Tumor volume values are expressed as Mean±SEM).
10. NCG efficacy testing
Figure 8. Pharmacodynamic evaluation of erlotinib in NCG mice subcutaneously transplanted with PDX model of lung cancer
A subcutaneous transplantation lung cancer PDX model in NCG mice was constructed to evaluate the anti-tumor effects of erlotinib. The results showed that the erlotinib-treated group was able to significantly inhibit tumor growth compared with the model control group. In addition, the combination with Avastin significantly inhibited tumor growth compared to the Erlotinib alone group. (Tumor volume values are expressed as Mean±SEM).
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