Journal of Neuro-Oncology

, Volume 90, Issue 2, pp 171–180 | Cite as

Establishment of atypical-teratoid/rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT) cell cultures from disseminated CSF cells: a model to elucidate biology and potential targeted therapeutics

  • Aru Narendran
  • Lucas Coppes
  • Aarthi Jayanthan
  • Michael Coppes
  • Bijan Teja
  • Delphine Bernoux
  • David George
  • Douglas Strother
Laboratory Investigation-Human/animal tissue


Atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT) is a highly malignant central nervous system neoplasm that usually affects infants and young children. In this report, we describe culture conditions that enabled the sustained growth of tumor cells obtained from the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of an infant with AT/RT. These cells retained the morphological and biomarker characteristics of the original tumor. A screening of receptor tyrosine kinases identified the presence of phosphorylated ErbB4, Insulin-R, PDGFR and IGF-IR, which appear to depend on Hsp90 to maintain their active form. IGF-IR activity is consistent with data from other established AT/RT cell lines. Inhibition of IGF-IR by the small molecular weight inhibitor AEW541 led to growth suppression of cultured AT/RT cells. In addition, neutralizing antibodies to IGF-II also inhibited the growth of these cells suggesting a potential autocrine function for this cytokine. We also compared cultured AT/RT cells to established cell lines to identify consistent drug sensitivity patterns among these cells. In addition to previously described cell lines and xenograft models, continuous culture of CSF derived cells may also provide an effective way to study the biology of AT/RT and to identify potential targets for future therapeutics for this tumor.


Atypical-teratoid/rhabdoid tumor ATRT Cell culture IGF-IR 



This work was supported in part by the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta (KCCF), for which the cell line was named. Additional research funding was provided by the Brain Tumor Research Foundation of Canada. We acknowledge the Oncology Pharmacy at the Alberta Children’s Hospital for providing many of the anti-neoplastic agents used in our experiments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aru Narendran
    • 1
  • Lucas Coppes
    • 1
  • Aarthi Jayanthan
    • 1
  • Michael Coppes
    • 1
  • Bijan Teja
    • 1
  • Delphine Bernoux
    • 1
  • David George
    • 1
  • Douglas Strother
    • 1
  1. 1.Translational Research Laboratories, Southern Alberta Children’s Cancer ProgramThe University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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