Personalized in vitro and in vivo cancer models to guide precision medicine Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Colorectal Neoplasms
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Gene Editing
  • Genes, Neoplasm
  • Liver Neoplasms
  • Organ Transplantation


  • Precision medicine is an approach that takes into account the influence of individuals' genes, environment, and lifestyle exposures to tailor interventions. Here, we describe the development of a robust precision cancer care platform that integrates whole-exome sequencing with a living biobank that enables high-throughput drug screens on patient-derived tumor organoids. To date, 56 tumor-derived organoid cultures and 19 patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models have been established from the 769 patients enrolled in an Institutional Review Board-approved clinical trial. Because genomics alone was insufficient to identify therapeutic options for the majority of patients with advanced disease, we used high-throughput drug screening to discover effective treatment strategies. Analysis of tumor-derived cells from four cases, two uterine malignancies and two colon cancers, identified effective drugs and drug combinations that were subsequently validated using 3-D cultures and PDX models. This platform thereby promotes the discovery of novel therapeutic approaches that can be assessed in clinical trials and provides personalized therapeutic options for individual patients where standard clinical options have been exhausted.Significance: Integration of genomic data with drug screening from personalized in vitro and in vivo cancer models guides precision cancer care and fuels next-generation research. Cancer Discov; 7(5); 462-77. ©2017 AACR.See related commentary by Picco and Garnett, p. 456This article is highlighted in the In This Issue feature, p. 443.


publication date

  • May 2017



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC5413423

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1158/2159-8290.CD-16-1154

PubMed ID

  • 28331002

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 462

end page

  • 477


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