- Improved Local and Systemic Anti-Tumor Efficacy for Irreversible Electroporation in Immunocompetent versus Immunodeficient MiceNeal, Robert E. II; Rossmeisl, John H. Jr.; Robertson, John L.; Arena, Christopher B.; Davis, Erica M.; Singh, Ravi N.; Stallings, Jonathan; Davalos, Rafael V. (PLOS, 2013-05-24)Irreversible electroporation (IRE) is a non-thermal focal ablation technique that uses a series of brief but intense electric pulses delivered into a targeted region of tissue, killing the cells by irrecoverably disrupting cellular membrane integrity. This study investigates if there is an improved local anti-tumor response in immunocompetent (IC) BALB/c versus immunodeficient (ID) nude mice, including the potential for a systemic protective effect against rechallenge. Subcutaneous murine renal carcinoma tumors were treated with an IRE pulsing protocol that used 60% of the predicted voltage required to invoke complete regressions in the ID mice. Tumors were followed for 34 days following treatment for 11 treated mice from each strain, and 7 controls from each strain. Mouse survival based on tumor burden and the progression-free disease period was substantially longer in the treated IC mice relative to the treated ID mice and sham controls for both strains. Treated IC mice were rechallenged with the same cell line 18 days after treatment, where growth of the second tumors was shown to be significantly reduced or prevented entirely. There was robust CD3+ cell infiltration in some treated BALB/C mice, with immunocytes focused at the transition between viable and dead tumor. There was no difference in the low immunocyte presence for untreated tumors, nude mice, and matrigel-only injections in both strains. These findings suggest IRE therapy may have greater therapeutic efficacy in immunocompetent patients than what has been suggested by immunodeficient models, and that IRE may invoke a systemic response beyond the targeted ablation region.
- Complexity, fractals, disease time, and cancerSpillman, William B. Jr.; Robertson, John L.; Huckle, William R.; Govindan, B. S.; Meissner, Kenith E. (American Physical Society, 2004-12)Despite many years of research, a method to precisely and quantitatively determine cancer disease state remains elusive. Current practice for characterizing solid tumors involves the use of varying systems of tumor grading and staging and thus leaves diagnosis and clinical staging dependent on the experience and skill of the physicians involved. Although numerous disease markers have been identified, no combination of them has yet been found that produces a quantifiable and reliable measure of disease state. Newly developed genomic markers and other measures based on the developing sciences of complexity offer promise that this situation may soon be changed for the better. In this paper, we examine the potential of two measures of complexity, fractal dimension and percolation, for use as components of a yet to be determined "disease time" vector that more accurately quantifies disease state. The measures are applied to a set of micrographs of progressive rat hepatoma and analyzed in terms of their correlation with cell differentiation, ratio of tumor weight to rat body weight and tumor growth time. The results provide some support for the idea that measures of complexity could be important elements of any future cancer "disease time" vector.