Preclinical evaluation of an unconventional ruthenium-gold-based chemotherapeutic: RANCE-1, in clear cell renal cell carcinoma

Benelita T. Elie, Karen Hubbard, Yuriy Pechenyy, Buddhadev Layek, Swayam Prabha, Maria Contel

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BACKGROUND: There are few effective treatments for patients with advanced clear cell renal cell carcinoma (CCRCC). Recent findings indicate that ruthenium-gold containing compounds exhibit significant antitumor efficacy against CCRCC in vitro affecting cell viability as well as angiogenesis and markers driving those 2 phenomena. However, no in vivo preclinical evaluation of this class of compounds has been reported.

METHODS: Following the dose-finding pharmacokinetic determination, NOD.CB17-Prkdc SCID/J mice bearing xenograft CCRCC Caki-1 tumors were treated in an intervention trial for 21 days at 10 mg/kg/72h of RANCE-1. At the end of the trial, tumor samples were analyzed for histopathological and changes in protein expression levels were assessed.

RESULTS: After 21 days of treatment there was no significant change in tumor size in the RANCE-1-treated mice as compared to the starting size (+3.87%) (P = 0.082) while the vehicle treated mice exhibited a significant tumor size increase (+138%) (P < 0.01). There were no signs of pathological complications as a result of treatment. Significant reduction in the expression of VEGF, PDGF, FGF, EGFR, and HGRF, all key to the proliferation of tumor cells and stromal cells serving protumorigenic purposes was observed.

CONCLUSIONS: The tumor growth inhibition displayed and favorable pathology profile of RANCE-1 makes it a promising candidate for further evaluation toward clinical use for the treatment of advanced CCRCC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4304-4314
Number of pages11
JournalCancer medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding information This work was supported by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) grants 1SC1CA182844 and 2SC1 GM127278-05A1 (MC). K. H. was supported by NIH/NCI grants U54CA132378/U54 CA137788 and NIH/RCMI grant 5G12MD007603 and SP was supported by NIH grant EB022558

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 The Authors. Cancer Medicine published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


  • clear cell renal cell carcinoma
  • histopathology
  • kidney metastasis
  • mice xenograft model
  • pharmacokinetics
  • unconventional chemotherapeutics


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