Bone Microenvironment Group

Bone Microenvironment Group

Teh Bone Microenvironment Group, CEMIR

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells, located within the bone marrow. A hallmark of this cancer is a severe osteolytic bone disease, affecting nearly 80 % of the patients at diagnosis.  The bone disease of multiple myeloma is highly aggressive, and is the cause of pain, fractures and reduced quality of life.

We study the bone marrow microenvironment

The cancer cells are dependent on the microenvironment in the bone marrow to survive. Hypoxic and ER stress and a low grade, chronic inflammation characterize the myeloma bone marrow.  Our research is centered on identifying infectious and inflammatory factors present in the bone marrow microenvironment that influence plasma cell survival and differentiation and function of bone and immune cells.

Basic and pre-clinical research

We have access to fresh, primary tumor cells from myeloma patients and our in vitro experiments are mainly performed using human primary cells. For in vivo studies we use different models: xenograft models using myeloma cell lines, a syngeneic mouse model established in the Chesi/Bergsagel lab at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, US, or a human-mouse scaffold model developed in the laboratory of Anton Martens, the Netherlands.  The close collaboration with the Department of Hematology at St. Olavs combined with the relevant pre-clinical models is key in our search for new treatment targets. From March 2021 we are part of the newly established clinical academic group (CAG) for multiple myeloma research in Central Norway and we also collaborate closely with the Nordic Myeloma Study Group.

Research documentation

Research documentation

  1. Zahoor M, Westhrin M, Moen SH, Aass KR, MisundK, Psonka-Antonczyk KM, Giliberto M, Buene G, Sundan A, Waage A, Sponaas AM and Standal T. Hypoxia promotes IL-32 expression in myeloma cells, and high expression is associated with poor survival and bone loss. Blood Adv. 2017 Dec 13;1(27):2656-2666. doi: 10.1182/bloodadvances.2017010801.
  2. Westhrin M, Moen SH, Holien H, Mylin AK, Heickendorff L, Olsen OE, Sundan A, Turesson I, Gimsing P, Waage A, Standal T. GDF15 promotes osteoclast differentiation, inhibits osteoblast differentiation and high serum GDF15 levels are associated with multiple myeloma bone disease. Haematologica. 2015 Dec;100(12):e511-4. doi: 0.3324/haematol.2015.
  3. Standal T, Johnson RW, McGregor NE, Poulton IJ, Ho PW, Martin TJ, Sims NA. gp130 in late osteoblasts and osteocytes is required for PTH-induced osteoblast differentiation. J Endocrinol. 2014 Nov;223(2):181-90
  4. Johnson RW, Brennan HJ, Poulton IJ, McGregor NE, Standal T, Walker EC, Vrahnas C, Koh T, Nguyen H, Walsh NC, Forwood MR, Martin TJ, Sims NA. The Primary Function of gp130 Signaling in Osteoblasts is to Maintain bone Formation and Strength, Rather than Promote Osteoclast Formation. J Bone Miner Res. 2014 Jun;29(6):1492-505
  5. Holien T, Våtsveen T, Hella H, Rampa C, Brede G, Grøseth LA, Rekvig M, Børset M, Standal T, Waage A, Sundan A. Bone morphogenetic proteins induce apoptosis in multiple myeloma cells by Smad-dependent repression of MYC. Leukemia. 2012;26:1073-1080
  6. Grandaunet B, Syversen S, Hoff M, Haugeberg G, Sundan A, van der Heijde D, Kvien T and Standal T. Association between high plasma levels of hepatocyte growth factor and progression of radiographic damage in the joints of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 2011;63:662-669
  7. Nørgaard N, Holien T, Jönsson S, Hella H, Espevik T, Sundan A and Standal T. CpG-oligodeoxynucleotide inhibits Smad-dependent bone morphogenetic protein signaling: effects on myeloma cell apoptosis and in vitro osteoblastogenesis.  J Immunol. 2010 ;185:3131-3139.
  8. Jönsson S, Hjorth-Hansen H, Olsson B, Wadenvik H, Sundan A and Standal T. Second-generation TKI dasatinib inhibits proliferation of mesenchymal stem cells and osteoblast differentiation in vitro. Leukemia 2010;24:1357-1359
  9. Standal T, Abildgaard N, Fagerli UM, Stordal B, Hjertner O, Borset M and Sundan A. HGF inhibits BMP-induced osteoblastogenesis: possible implications for the bone disease of multiple myeloma. Blood. 2007; 109:3024-3030
  10. Standal T, Seidel C, Hjertner Ø, Plesner T, Sanderson R, Waage A, Borset B and Sundan A. Osteoprotegerin is bound, internalized, and degraded by multiple myeloma cells. Blood. 2002;100:3002-3007

person-portlet

Group Leader

Therese Standal
Professor
therese.standal@ntnu.no
+47-72825351

Collaboration

Collaboration

  • Manfred Wuhrer, Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), The Netherlands
  • Niels Abildgaard, University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Denmark
  • Unni Syversen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
  • Berit Strand, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)