UCSF Cancer Center Preclinical Therapeutics Core

The UCSF Preclinical Therapeutics Core (PTC) facility generates tumor-bearing anima­­ls and conducts preclinical oncology trials for UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center investigators. Offering a variety of xenograft and allograft-based cancer models, the core provides a complete set of services that include consultation regarding experimental design, tumor cell growth in culture, generation of tumors in mice, formulation and administration of experimental agents, monitoring of tumor burden and response to therapy, and preparation and interpretation of study results.

The PTC maintains a cryorepository of commonly used human cancer cell and patient-derived lines derived from multiple tumor types along with data regarding their in vivo drug sensitivities and growth characteristics. The PTC is also a resource of expertise in small animal survival surgery, and is available to provide training in these techniques on a recharge basis. Although the core primarily functions to test experimental anti-cancer agents in vivo, it also provides animal models of human cancer for use in novel diagnostic, tumor imaging, and basic mechanistic research. In addition, the core oversees, maintains and provides as a service a number of small animal imaging technologies housed within the barrier facility.

The availability of centralized cell and animal resources together with personnel with expertise in conducting preclinical studies ensures appropriate experimental design and reproducibility, compliance with local and federal regulatory guidelines for tumor-bearing animals, and maximum resource utilization through coordinated animal purchasing and housing.

Byron Hann
byron.hann@ucsf.edu

Core Lab Website:
http://cancer.ucsf.edu/research/cores/preclinical/

ServiceStandard CostJCCC/CFAR CostExternal Cost
Cell and tissue engraftment   
Compound formulation and delivery   
Tumor and animal monitoring   
Tissue collection   
Pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) analysis   
Patient derived tumor xenografting   
Models of metastatic disease   
Genetically engineered models   
Statistics   
Equipment