Human lung adenocarcinoma (LUAD) in current or former smokers exhibits a high tumor mutational burden (TMB) and distinct mutational signatures. Syngeneic mouse models of clinically relevant smoking-related LUAD are lacking. We established and characterized a tobacco-associated, transplantable murine LUAD cell line, designated FVBW-17, from a LUAD induced by the tobacco carcinogen 4-(methylnitrosoamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone in the FVB/N mouse strain. Whole-exome sequencing of FVBW-17 cells identified tobacco-associated KrasG12D and Trp53 mutations and a similar mutation profile to that of classic alkylating agents with a TMB greater than 500. FVBW-17 cells transplanted subcutaneously, via tail vein, and orthotopically generated tumors that were histologically similar to human LUAD in FVB/N mice. FVBW-17 tumors expressed programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1), were infiltrated with CD8+ T cells, and were responsive to anti–PD-L1 therapy. FVBW-17 cells were also engineered to express green fluorescent protein and luciferase to facilitate detection and quantification of tumor growth. Distant metastases to lung, spleen, liver, and kidney were observed from subcutaneously transplanted tumors. This potentially novel cell line is a robust representation of human smoking-related LUAD biology and provides a much needed preclinical model in which to test promising new agents and combinations, including immune-based therapies.
Laura P. Stabile, Vinod Kumar, Autumn Gaither-Davis, Eric H. Huang, Frank P. Vendetti, Princey Devadassan, Sanja Dacic, Riyue Bao, Richard A. Steinman, Timothy F. Burns, Christopher J. Bakkenist
Generation and characterization of the murine FVBW-17 cell line.