Webinar Recap: Historical Control Database of Spontaneous Lesions in Tg.rasH2 Mice

Webinar Recap: Historical Control Database of Spontaneous Lesions in Tg.rasH2 Mice On May 25, 2017, Dr. Madhav Paranjpe presented a webinar on the state of evidence surrounding the use of Tg.RasH2 carcinogenicity studies as a substitute for the two-year mouse bioassay. His presentation — "Historical Control Database of Spontaneous Lesions (Neoplastic & Non-Neoplastic) in Transgenic Tg.rasH2 Mice" — covered evidence drawn from fifty peer-reviewed studies, personal experience, and analysis of the growing body of historical control data supporting the model's advantages and utility.

rasH2™ Mouse Webinar Recap

Dr. Paranjpe opened with a brief overview of the development and refinement of the Tg rasH2™ mouse model as a tool to evaluate the potential risks of novel pharmaceuticals, including genotoxic and non-genotoxic materials.

He provided compelling data, visual examples, and personal testimony regarding the validity of the Tg.rasH2 mouse model as a substitute for the two-year mouse carcinogenicity study. The following unique advantages were mentioned:

  • lack of increasing initial body weights (IBW) and body weight gains (BWG);
  • low mortality;
  • low incidence of spontaneous tumors;
  • no drift in tumor incidence;
  • low incidence of lethal degenerative changes and non-tumorous lesions;
  • shorter duration of the studies;
  • lower number of animals required;
  • lower amount of test articles required.
Previously, the biggest obstacle in full implementation of the Tg.rasH2 model was the lack of a historical control database. Historical control data is one of the most important factors in drawing the conclusions pertaining to positive or negative carcinogenicity susceptibility. Now that a large amount of historical data is available, along with several publications, this obstacle no longer exists.

Growing Adoption and Changing ICH Guidelines

“I'm amazed by the reliability and stability of this model.”
– Dr. Madhav Paranjpe
Dr. Paranjpe noted that a 2014 paper indicated that over 75% of all mouse carcinogenicity studies are now conducted in the Tg.rasH2 mouse. He estimates that percentage will continue to increase.

He also noted that the International Conference on Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) S1 Guidelines are expected to undergo a revision in 2019, which he believes will result in a reduction in the number of two-year rat studies. He expects this will also trigger a significant increase in the use of six-month Tg.rasH2 studies, in place of the two-year mouse bioassay.

Standard Study Progression

In the webinar, Dr. Paranjpe reviewed the standard progression of studies utilizing the Tg.rasH2, with examples of the study design. Generally, a five-day dose range finding study is followed by a twenty-eight-day dose range finding study, with both studies utilizing wild type rasH2™ mice. The dose range finding studies are followed by the six-month carcinogenic study using hemizygous Tg.rasH2 mice.

The following is the standard study design for a six-month Tg.rasH2 carcinogenicity study:

GroupDose levels
Number of Animals
Main Study
(Tg mice)
TK Study
Group 1 (Vehicle)0252555
Group 2LOW25252020
Group 3MID25252020
Group 4HIGH25252020
Group 5 (Positive Control)1000

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