Cancer Stem Cell and Leukemic CFC Assays

Hematopoietic Cancer Stem Cells and Leukemic Progenitor Cells

For various hematological diseases (e.g. chronic myeloid leukemia, acute myeloid leukemiamultiple myeloma, lymphomas), the molecular abnormalities and perturbed signaling pathways that give rise to these diseases have, in recent years, been elucidated.

In many, if not all forms of cancer, a small number of slowly dividing, self-renewing cancer stem cells give rise to abundant and rapidly dividing diseased cells. Targeted killing of the cancer stem cells, while retaining the normal hematopoietic progenitors, is a new focus of research, aiming to develop more effective and less toxic cancer treatments.

Our Assay Services Include:

AML

AML (acute myeloid leukemia) Progenitor Assays

AML (acute myeloid leukemia) Progenitor Assays

Common Applications for AML-blast like CFC:

ALL

ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia) Progenitor Assays

Common Applications for ALL-CFC:
  • Predict compound induced killing
  • Predict targeted cell killing
  • Evaluate effects of single agents or combined therapies

CML

CML (chronic myelogenous leukemia) Progenitor AssaysCML (chronic myelogenous leukemia) Progenitor Assays

 Common Applications for CML-CFC:

CLL

CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia) Progenitor Assays

Common Applications for CLL-CFC:
  • Predict compound induced killing
  • Predict targeted cell killing
  • Evaluate effects of single agents or combined therapies

MM

MM (multiple myeloma) Progenitor AssaysMM (multiple myeloma) Progenitor Assays

Common Applications for MM-CFC:
  • Predict compound induced killing
  • Predict targeted cell killing
  • Evaluate effects of single agents or combined therapies

NHL, MCL, DLBCL

NHL, MCL, DLBCL (lymphoma) Progenitor Assays

Common Applications:
  • Predict compound induced killing
  • Predict targeted cell killing
  • Evaluate effects of single agents or combined therapies

PV

PV (polycythemia vera) Progenitor AssaysPV (polycythemia vera) Progenitor Assays

Common Applications for Erythroid Independant CFC proliferation:

AA

AA (aplastic anemia)

Aplastic anemia is a disease in which the bone marrow, and the blood stem cells that reside there, are damaged. Aplastic anemia is also called “bone marrow failure”. In this disease the marrow microenvironment (bone marrow stroma) on which the cells reside is impaired. The damage may be caused by exposure to chemicals, drugs, radiation, infection or immune disease. In some cases, the disease is inherited, but in half the cases, the cause is unknown.

Common Applications:

MDS

MDS (myelodysplastic syndromes)MDS (myelodysplastic syndromes)

The MDS’s are hematological medical conditions with ineffective production of blood cells. They can be quite varied based on the type and severity of the disease. For some people, their quality of life and life span is not altered, but for others, the number and quality of blood-forming cells decline irreversibly which causes a significant reduction in multiple cell types and may also induce bone marrow failure.

Common Applications:
 

Did You Know?

Patient Samples and CFU-L Assays

We have the ability to monitor cancer stem cells in patients over the course of a clinical trial using in vitro assays with cells from patients. We can also assess the differential toxicity of compounds on cancer stem cells (leukemic colony forming cells) compared to normal hematopoietic progenitor cells.  > Learn more

We can culture various hematopoietic cancer stem and/or progenitor cells in leukemic CFU-L (colony-forming cell) assays and evaluate the effects of test compounds on these cells. CONTACT US to learn more about our assay platform.