Antitumor activity of the synthetic retinoid ST1926 on primary effusion lymphoma in vitro and in vivo models

  • Authors:
    • Louna Karam
    • Bilal Houshaymi
    • Rana Abdel-Samad
    • Mariam Jaafar
    • Iman Halloum
    • Claudio Pisano
    • Frank Neipel
    • Nadine Darwiche
    • Raghida Abou Merhi
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  • Published online on: December 5, 2017
  • Pages: 721-730
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Primary effusion lymphoma (PEL) is a rare B-cell neoplasm, associated with Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpes virus/human herpes virus-8 (KSHV/HHV-8), arising as malignant effusions in body cavities. PEL cells do not harbor conventional genetic cancer mutations; however, their oncogenesis is mainly attributed to HHV-8 latent genes. Treatment strategies are inefficient resulting in poor prognosis of PEL patients, stressing the need for new effective therapy. ST1926 is a synthetic retinoid with favorable antitumor properties and no cross-resistance with the natural retinoid, all-trans retinoic acid. ST1926 has shown potent apoptotic activities on a variety of solid tumors and hematologic malignancies in in vitro and in vivo models. In the present study we elucidated the antitumor activities and underlying molecular mechanism of ST1926 using in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo PEL preclinical models. ST1926, at sub‑micromolar concentrations, displayed potent antiproliferative effects on PEL cell lines and malignant ascites. Furthermore, ST1926 treatment of PEL cells and ascites resulted in their accumulation in the sub-G1 region, S phase cell cycle arrest, early DNA damage, PARP cleavage and p53 activation including the upregulation of its target genes p21 and Bax. However, ST1926 did not significantly modulate HHV-8 latent viral transcripts. Importantly, ST1926 delayed formation of ascites and enhanced survival of PEL mice. These results highlight the therapeutic potential of ST1926 in combination with drugs that target HHV-8 in PEL patients.


Primary effusion lymphoma (PEL) is a rare aggressive non-Hodgkin's B-cell lymphoma characteristically infected with Human Herpes Virus-8 (HHV-8) also known as Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) (13). PEL is an acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)-related cancer, accounting for ~3% of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated lymphomas and can also occur in organ transplants of elderly patients (4,5). PEL is an HHV-8-driven tumor and is uniquely manifested as a malignant effusion contained mostly in pleural, pericardial and peritoneal cavities, and commonly without any solid masses (2,3,6). Occasionally, rare PEL cases can develop as a solid mass in lymph nodes and extra nodal variants known as extracavitary PEL (79). PEL cells are latently infected with HHV-8 which persists as nuclear episomal DNA, with only a restricted subset of viral genes expressed, mostly contributing to transformation. These latent viral genes are LANA1, LANA2, vCyclin, vFlip, kaposin, microRNAs, and occasionally the viral interleukin-6 (vIL-6) (1014).

Novel non-chemotherapeutic approaches for the treatment and prevention of PEL have been investigated and optimized (4,6,1517). We have shown that the combination arsenic trioxide (arsenic)/interferon-α (INF) induces apoptosis in PEL cells (18) and prolongs survival of PEL mice (19). Currently adopted PEL treatment strategies such as CHOP: cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisone show dismal effect. Despite different present combination treatments, the prognosis of PEL patients is poor with a median survival of <6 months and very few long-term survivors (6,13) which prompted the development of novel therapies.

Retinoids, natural and synthetic derivatives of vitamin A, are crucial regulators of cell growth, differentiation and apoptosis for a wide variety of malignancies (20,21). Natural retinoids, such as all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA), are used in the clinic and have been tested in several clinical trials for hematological and solid malignancies (2224). However, ATRA resistance and toxicity are frequently encountered in the cancer clinic (25,26). Consequently, synthetic retinoids were developed to overcome ATRA resistance, namely ST1926 or adarotene, (2E)-3-[39-(1-adamantyl)-49-hydroxy[1,19-biphenyl]-4-yl]-2-propenoic acid, an analog of CD437 6-[3-(1-adamantyl)-4-hydroxyphenyl]-2-naphthalene carboxylic acid (27,28), that has shown potent apoptotic activities in several tumor models (28,29). ST1926 has shown efficacy against solid tumor models derived from human ovarian carcinoma, lung carcinoma, rhabdomyosarcoma and melanoma at well-tolerated doses despite almost complete loss of ability to activate the retinoic acid receptor (RAR) signaling pathway (28,30,31). ST1926 efficacy has also been demonstrated in in vitro and in vivo leukemia models for acute myeloid leukemia (29,32), adult T-cell leukemia (33) and chronic myeloid leukemia (34) with minimal side-effects. ST1926 was shown to be a potent inducer of DNA damage and of genotoxic stress (3537).

In the present study, we investigated the antitumor activities of ST1926 on PEL in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo models. We observed that ST1926 exhibited potent growth inhibitory effects at sub-micromolar (µM) concentrations in HHV-8 positive PEL cells and corresponding malignant ascites. ST1926 induced apoptosis through early DNA damage and p53 activation. Importantly, ST1926 delayed ascites development and prolonged survival in PEL NOD/SCID mice. However, ST1926 did not regulate the expression of HHV-8 latent viral genes. Our results provide promising therapeutic use of ST1926 in combination with drugs that target HHV-8 in PEL patients.

Materials and methods


ATRA was purchased from Sigma (St. Louis, MO, USA) and ST1926 was kindly provided by Biogem, Research Institute (Ariano Irpino, Italy). Retinoids were reconstituted, protected from light, in 0.1% dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) at a concentration of 10−2 M, stored at −80°C and diluted to the final concentrations in complete culture medium. The final used DMSO concentrations never exceeded 0.1% which did not affect the growth of tested cells.


PEL cell lines BC1, BC3, BCBL1 and JSC1 are HHV-8+ cells and a non-PEL cell line RAJI, as HHV-8 malignant B cell were obtained from DSMZ Co. (Leibniz-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany). Cells were cultured in RPMI-1640 medium (Lonza, Verviers, Belgium) supplemented with 10% (v/v) fetal bovine serum (FBS; Sigma), 100 U/ml penicillin/streptomycin (Lonza) at 37°C in a humidified atmosphere containing 5% CO2.


Cell growth was assessed using the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay (MTT) (Sigma-Aldrich). PEL cells and malignant ascites were seeded at 2×105/0.1 ml in triplicate in 96-well plates and treated using 0.1–3 µM ST1926 or 1–10 µM ATRA for 3 days. Absorbance was measured at 595 nm [optical density (OD)] using an ELISA microplate reader. To test for the reversibility of ST1926 effect, malignant ascites were treated with 0.1–3 µM ST1926 for 24 h, then washed and re-suspended in drug-free medium for 2 days. Cell growth was assessed by MTT (Sigma) added at 0.5 mg/ml to each well and incubated at 37°C for 3–4 h. Experiments were independently performed 3 times.

Cell cycle analysis

Control and treated PEL cells were treated for 24–48 h, collected, washed with ice-cold 1X phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) and fixed in 80% ice cold ethanol. Fixed cells were rinsed with PBS, incubated for 1 h in PBS containing 200 µg/ml RNase A (Roche Diagnostics, Mannheim, Germany), stained with propidium iodide (PI) (50 µg/ml) (Sigma), and analyzed by flow cytometry (BD FACSAria; BD Biosciences, San Jose, CA, USA) as previously described (18).

TUNEL assay

Control and treated PEL cell DNA fragmentation was detected by terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TdT)-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling (TUNEL assay; Roche Diagnostics) and performed according to the manufacturer's recommendations. The incorporation of fluorescein-conjugated deoxy-UTP into nucleotide polymers was detected and quantified using flow cytometry (BD FACSAria). In total, 10,000 cells were acquired and analyzed using FACSDiva software (Becton-Dickinson, San Jose, CA, USA).

Immunoblot analysis

Cells were harvested at 4°C in lysis buffer consisting of 0.125 M Tris-HCl (pH 6.8), 2% SDS, 2.5% β-mercaptoethanol, and 10% glycerol with protease and phosphatase inhibitors cocktails (Sigma). Proteins were loaded, separated onto an SDS polyacrylamide gel, subjected to electrophoresis, and transferred to nitrocellulose membranes (Bio-Rad, Hercules, CA, USA). After blocking the membranes in 5% skimmed milk or BSA, the blots were incubated with specific antibodies overnight at 4°C: p53 (ab1011), p-p53 (ser15) (ab1431), p21 (ab109520), GAPDH (ab8245), p-ATM (S1981; ab81292) (Abcam Cambridge, MA, USA); PARP (sc-7150), γH2AX (sc-101696), ATM (sc-23921) (Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Santa Cruz, CA, USA); Bax (2774), bcl-2 (2872), Chk2 (2662), p-Chk2 (thr68, 2661) (Cell Signaling Technology, Inc., Danvers, MA, USA). Goat anti-rabbit secondary (ab6721) and rabbit anti-mouse antibodies (ab6728; Abcam)-conjugated to horseradish peroxidase were used for detection. Immunoreactive bands were visualized by enhanced chemiluminescence using the Clarity™ Western ECL Blotting Substrate (1705060; Bio-Rad).

RNA isolation and quantitative real-time PCR

Total RNA from 4×106 untreated and treated ascites-derived PEL cells was extracted by an RNeasy Mini kit (Qiagen, Gaithersburg, MD, USA) according to the manufacturer's instructions. First-strand cDNA was synthesized from 2 µg of total RNA using RevertAid RT Reverse Transcription kit (Fermentas, Thermo Scientific, Waltham, MA, USA). cDNAs were amplified using the SYBR-Green Master Mix (iQ™ SYBR®-Green SuperMix), and CFX96 RT-PCR machine (both from Bio-Rad). HHV-8 primers for viral latent genes LANA1, LANA2 and GAPDH were designed by TIB MOLBIOL (Berlin, Germany) (19). Normalization of the transcript levels was carried out with the GAPDH housekeeping gene internal levels. Analysis was performed using the ΔΔCq method (38). Reaction conditions were as follow: 95°C for 10 min, followed by 40 cycles of 95°C for 15 sec, 55.5°C for 45 sec, and 72°C for 30 sec.

PEL xenograft mouse model, PEL ascites and treatment

To generate the PEL-like mouse model, BC1 and BC3 cells were propagated and maintained as per optimized procedures as previously described (19). Experiments were approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of the American University of Beirut (IACUC approval #14-3-292). Animals were monitored and euthanized when signs of distress appeared such as inability to move, to remain upright, clinical dehydration and weight loss of 15–20%, lack of grooming and self-mutilation. Briefly, 3×106 PEL cells were intraperitoneally (i.p.) injected into 5–6 weeks old NOD.CB17-Prkdcscid/J (NOD/SCID) female mice (The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME, USA). PEL cells showed efficient PEL engraftment as reflected by the development of malignant ascites within 3–4 weeks. For ex vivo treatment, PEL ascites were recovered from the peritoneal cavities of mice, washed with PBS, cultured then treated with ATRA or ST1926 dissolved with 0.1% DMSO at various doses ranging from 1–100 µM, and 0.1–3 µM, respectively, at different time points ex vivo (24, 48 and 72 h). Control cells were incubated with maximum used amount of 0.1% DMSO.

Survival studies

For in vivo survival experiments, PEL NOD/SCID mice were i.p. treated with 15 mg/kg of ST1926 (resuspended in 100 µl diluted in 1X PBS 10% 1:1 cremophor/ethanol) 5 days/week for 5 weeks starting 2 days post-BC3 cell inoculation (3×106 BC3 cells/mouse) (n=10). Untreated control PEL mice were injected only with vehicle (100 µl 1X PBS 10% 1:1 cremophor/ethanol) and showed no signs of toxicity (n=10). PEL NOD/SCID mouse phenotype was visually examined daily. Mice were weighed and peritoneal diameter (d) was measured once weekly with a caliper to evaluate ascites development. Peritoneal volume was calculated according to the formula: v = 4/3π (d/2)3 (39).

Statistical analysis

Values are expressed as mean ± SE. Differences between control and treatments groups were tested for statistical significance by one-way ANOVA with Dunnett's post test or t-test and Mann-Whitney U test using GraphPad Prism 5 Software (GraphPad, San Diego, CA, USA), as appropriate. A confidence level of P<0.05 was chosen as statistically significant. Each experiment was performed independently at least 3 times unless otherwise indicated. Survival curves were calculated according to the method of Kaplan and Meier using GraphPad Prism 5.


ST1926 induces irreversible growth inhibition in PEL cells at sub-micromolar concentrations

We first tested the effects of ST1926 on the growth of PEL cells. We used a variety of PEL cell lines (BC1, BC3, BCBL1 and JSC1), and ascites-derived PEL cells from BC1, BC3 and BCBL1 as well as Burkitts lymphoma non-PEL cells (RAJI). We observed that ST1926 inhibited cell proliferation of all tested PEL cells in vitro and ex vivo (Fig. 1A). Pharmacologically achievable sub-µM concentrations of ST1926 (31,40) showed a growth suppressive effect and a concentration of 0.5 µM caused pronounced growth reduction in all tested PEL cells ranging from 40–80% after 48 h of treatment. However, non-PEL RAJI cells were less sensitive to ST1926, with <20% growth inhibition upon treatment with 0.5 µM concentrations for 48 h (Fig. 1A). In general, 0.1 µM ST1926 showed minimal effect on the growth of PEL cells except in JSC1 cells where it caused an approximate 70% growth inhibition by 48 h. To test whether ST1926-induced growth inhibition was irreversible, BC1 and BC3 ascites were treated with different ST1926 concentrations (0.1–3 µM) for 24 h, and then resuspended in drug-free media for an additional 48 h. We observed that ST1926 antiproliferative effect was irreversible at all tested concentrations in both cell lines (Fig. 1B). However, PEL ascites were highly resistant to the natural retinoid, ATRA, up to 10 µM concentrations (Fig. 2). For subsequent mechanistic studies, we selected BC1 and BC3 cell lines or ascites as representative of PEL in vitro and ex vivo models.

ST1926 causes S phase arrest and apoptosis in PEL cells

To investigate the mechanism of ST1926-induced growth suppression of PEL cells, we performed cell cycle analysis of PEL cells using flow cytometric analysis of DNA content. BC1 and BC3 cells were treated with 0.5 and 1 µM ST1926 for up to 48 h. These concentrations resulted in major disruption of the cell cycle causing a significant accumulation of cells in the sub-G1 region in both BC1 and BC3-treated cells (Fig. 3) as evident in representative histograms (data not shown). Furthermore, ST1926 induced a prominent S phase arrest after 24 h of treatment where 0.5 µM concentrations resulted in doubling of cells in the S phase from 27–55 and 20–40% of BC1 and BC3 cells, respectively (Fig. 3).

To confirm whether treated PEL cells that accumulated in the sub-G1 region of the cell cycle were apoptotic, TUNEL assay was carried out. Treatment of BC1 and BC3 cells and corresponding ascites with 0.5 µM ST1926 resulted in a substantial increase in the percentage of TUNEL-positive cells from 1–4% in control cells to as high as 42–58% in treated cells (Fig. 4A). Furthermore, to test whether caspases were activated in ST1926-induced apoptosis, PEL cells and ascites (BC1 and BC3) were treated with 0.1–1 µM ST1926 up to 48 h. Western blot analysis revealed that ST1926-induced apoptosis was associated with PARP and caspase 3 cleavage in all tested cells at ST1926 concentrations as low as 0.5 µM (Fig. 4B).

To assess the involvement of key players in the observed ST1926 apoptotic effect, p53 protein levels and its phosphorylated form were measured in BC1 and BC3 cells and ascites with 0.1–1 µM ST1926 48 h post-treatment. Low sub-µM concentrations of ST1926 induced a substantial phosphorylation of p53 and upregulation of total p53 proteins in tested cells (Fig. 5A). To provide more evidence on p53 activation, we measured the expression of the p53 target genes, p21, Bax and Bcl2 (41). ST1926 treatment resulted in increased expression of p21 and Bax protein levels in all tested cells, while no changes were observed in Bcl2 (Fig. 5A).

ST1926 induces early DNA damage response

The antitumor activity of ST1926 in different types of tumors has been associated with its capacity to induce early genotoxic stress and to cause S phase-specific DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) which is followed by phosphorylation of the histone H2AX to γH2AX (33,35,4244). Inhibition of DNA damage response pathway (DDR) results in ST1926 resistance in tumor cells (35). Therefore, the present study also investigated the action of ST1926 on the DDR in PEL cells. Several DDR markers and players, namely γH2AX, p-Chk2 and p-ATM levels, were detected as early as 30 min post-ST1926 treatment (Fig. 5B). Upregulation of γH2AX proteins was transiently detected from 30 min until 12 h-post treatment indicating that ST1926 elicited a potent early DNA damaging effect in PEL cells. In addition, activated p-Chk2 and p-ATM were observed as early as 30 min until 6 h post-ST1926 treatment without detectable changes in their total protein levels (Fig. 5B).

ST1926 has no effect on HHV-8 viral latent transcripts

It is well established that the expression of HHV-8 latency genes, specifically LANA1, is crucial for maintaining HHV-8 infection, and leads to inhibition of RB1 thus apoptosis in infected cells (13,45,46). In addition, LANA2 which is essential for PEL cell survival contributes to HHV-8-driven oncogenesis (47). To assess whether ST1926 treatment modulates HHV-8 latent gene expression, LANA1 and LANA2 transcript levels weremeasured in ascites-derived from BC1 and BC3 cells. Our results show no significant variations in LANA1 and LANA2 transcript levels in BC1 and BC3 ascites at 24 h post-ST1926 treatment at 0.5 µM (P>0.05) (Fig. 6).

ST1926 delays ascites development and extends PEL mouse survival

The potent proapoptotic activities in PEL in vitro and ex vivo models, suggest that ST1926 could be a promising therapeutic approach in in vivo PEL models. Therefore, we evaluated the activities of ST1926 using an established PEL NOD/SCID model. BC3 cells were intraperitoneally (i.p.) inoculated into NOD/SCID mice. Two days after cell injections, animals were randomly assigned to control group (n=10) and 15 mg/kg ST1926 treated daily for 5 weeks (n=10) (Fig. 7A). At day 35 post-inoculation (last dose), control mice presented with a massive abdominal distension (Fig. 7B), due to ascites formation with a significant concomitant increase in the mean abdominal weight (Fig. 7C) and volume (Fig. 7D) compared to ST1926-treated mice which appeared normal (P<0.001). The increase of body weight in BC3-inoculated mice was significantly reduced upon ST1926 treatment in a time-dependent manner (P<0.001) (Fig. 7C). Kaplan-Meier analysis indicated that ST1926 treatment conferred a significant survival advantage in PEL xenografted mice with a median survival time of 70 days in treated vs. 50 days in control animals (P<0.001) (Fig. 7E).


In the present study, we assessed the antitumor activities of ST1926 on PEL using in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo models and investigated the underlying molecular mechanism. We showed that sub-µM concentrations of ST1926 irreversibly inhibited growth and induced apoptosis of different PEL cell lines and ascites. These results are in accordance with previous studies in other hematological malignancies such as in acute myeloid leukemia (29), adult-T cell leukemia/lymphoma (33) and chronic myeloid leukemia (34).

The natural retinoid ATRA is used in the cancer clinic in particular, for the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia (48). Nevertheless, its clinical efficacy is hampered by adverse side-effects and tumor resistance which prompted the emergence of new synthetic retinoids such as fenritinide (HPR) and ST1926 among others. All tested PEL cells exhibited resistance to ATRA and an increased specific and notable sensitivity to ST1926 vs. HPR (data not shown).

Apoptosis is an essential programmed molecular process which eliminates abnormal cells including neoplastic and hyperplastic ones and protects against cancer progression (49). Inducing cell death in cancer cells is a key strategy in cancer treatment and studies have shown that ST1926 induces apoptosis in a variety of human cancer models as observed in our studies. Indeed, sub-µM concentrations of ST1926 potently induced apoptosis in PEL cells and malignant ascites shown by a variety of assays including caspase activation and modulation of apoptotic players. In PEL, ST1926 activated p53 into its phosphorylated form, leading to subsequent upregulation in its transcriptional targets, Bax and p21. This is in agreement with previous studies showing that ST1926 functions in a p53-dependent manner (34,50). However, other studies reported that ST1926 can function also in a p53-independent manner (30,44) which may explain the significant growth inhibition in BCBL1 cells harboring a mutant p53 (51).

Drugs that halt DNA replication, such as cisplatin, camptothecin, etoposide and doxorubincin, are currently the most used anticancer agents in the cancer clinic (52,53). In the present study, we observed an early induction of γH2AX, a key marker of DNA damage. These results are in accordance with previous ones showing that ST1926 elicits DNA damage, genotoxic stress and S phase arrest in PEL cells (31,33,34,36,43,44). We have observed that the DNA damage occurred very early and thus, was not secondary to apoptosis. ST1926 was shown to induce substantial DDR leading consequently to S phase arrest, with phosphorylation of ATM, and its substrates, H2AX and the checkpoint effector protein Chk2 kinase (54,55) at early times of PEL treatment. It is of interest to note that ST1926-induced cell death and DDR were observed in PEL cells at sub-µM concentrations as pharmacologically achievable µM concentrations of ST1926 are short-lived in humans (40) and in mice (31).

Due to the low incidence of PEL, optimization of a therapeutic approach remains limited. ST1926 showed a promising effect in various solid and liquid tumor models as well as in our PEL xenograft model. ST1926 treatment delayed ascites formation in PEL NOD/SCID mice. Importantly, ST1926 significantly prolonged PEL NOD/SCID mouse survival, however, the animals developed ascites after treatment cessation. Further investigations are required to optimize ST1926 treatment regimen in PEL.

Notably, HHV-8 latent viral protein being involved in PEL oncogenesis, HHV-8-positive PEL cells were particularly sensitive to ST1926 compared to HHV-8-negative RAJI lymphoma cells. Our previous studies validated that arsenic/INF treatment targets viral latent transcripts (19), thus, we investigated whether ST1926 specifically modulates LANA1 and LANA2 transcripts. In the present study, ST1926 did not significantly affect HHV-8 latent viral genes. A plausible explanation may be that ST1926 only targets cellular pathways regardless of the virus and RAJI cells resistance is yet to be explored.

Chemotherapeutic drugs are mostly effective when given in combination treatment. We previously reported the efficacy of arsenic/INF on PEL both in vitro and in vivo (18,19). Thus, the combination of ST1926 with other drugs mainly anti-viral such as nucleoside inhibitors cidofovir (56), plant-derived such as angelicin which targets lytic replication (57) or drugs that are known to target HHV-8 genes essential for PEL cell survival such as azidothymidine which inhibits LANA2/vIRF3 functions in PEL (58), represents favorable therapeutic strategies. In addition, other drugs as well can be combined with ST1926 such as the immunomodulatory lenalidomide (17). The rationale for combination therapies is to use drugs that target different pathways at lower concentrations, thereby, decreasing the likelihood of cancer resistance and toxicity in PEL treatment.


The authors thank the EDST/PRASE platform at the Lebanese University (Lebanon). They acknowledge the core laboratories at the American University of Beirut (Lebanon). The present study was supported by grants from the Lebanese University and the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research (LNCSR).



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Karam L, Houshaymi B, Abdel-Samad R, Jaafar M, Halloum I, Pisano C, Neipel F, Darwiche N and Abou Merhi R: Antitumor activity of the synthetic retinoid ST1926 on primary effusion lymphoma in vitro and in vivo models. Oncol Rep 39: 721-730, 2018
Karam, L., Houshaymi, B., Abdel-Samad, R., Jaafar, M., Halloum, I., Pisano, C. ... Abou Merhi, R. (2018). Antitumor activity of the synthetic retinoid ST1926 on primary effusion lymphoma in vitro and in vivo models. Oncology Reports, 39, 721-730.
Karam, L., Houshaymi, B., Abdel-Samad, R., Jaafar, M., Halloum, I., Pisano, C., Neipel, F., Darwiche, N., Abou Merhi, R."Antitumor activity of the synthetic retinoid ST1926 on primary effusion lymphoma in vitro and in vivo models". Oncology Reports 39.2 (2018): 721-730.
Karam, L., Houshaymi, B., Abdel-Samad, R., Jaafar, M., Halloum, I., Pisano, C., Neipel, F., Darwiche, N., Abou Merhi, R."Antitumor activity of the synthetic retinoid ST1926 on primary effusion lymphoma in vitro and in vivo models". Oncology Reports 39, no. 2 (2018): 721-730.