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  • Leja, Justyna, 1982- (författare)
  • Oncolytic Adenovirus Therapy of Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • 2011
  • Doktorsavhandling (övrigt vetenskapligt)abstract
    • <p>Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), originally described as carcinoids, represent a rare and heterogeneous group of neoplasms associated with intensive secretion of hormones, bioactive peptides and amines. Most of the patients are diagnosed at a late stage of disease, often with liver metastases. Surgery remains the main treatment to control metastatic disease, but is not curative. Oncolytic virotherapy represents a promising approach to treat cancer and different strategies have been exploited to restrict viral replication to tumor cells. We developed an oncolytic adenovirus based on serotype 5, Ad5[CgA-E1A], where the chromogranin A (CgA) promoter controls expression of the E1A gene and thereby virus replication. We found that Ad5[CgA-E1A], selectively replicates in NET cells and it is able to suppress fast-growing human BON carcinoid tumors in nude mice. The activity of Ad5[CgA-E1A] was not completely blocked in liver cells. We further repressed virus replication in hepatocytes by targeting E1A with miR122, an miRNA specifically expressed in the liver. miRNAs bind to mRNA and induce its cleavage or translational blockage. By insertion of tandem repeats of miR122 target sequences in 3’UTR of E1A gene, we observed reduced E1A protein expression and replication arrest in miR122 expressing liver cells. The oncolytic potency of the miR122-targeted virus was not affected in NET cells. Since some NET and neuroblastoma cells express high levels of somatostatin receptors (SSTRs), we introduced in the virus fiber knob cyclic peptides, which contain four amino acids (FWKT) and mimic the binding site of somatostatin for SSTRs. The FWKT-modified Ad5 transduces midgut carcinoid cells from liver metastases about 3-4 times better than non-modified Ad5. Moreover, FWKT-modified Ad5 overcomes neutralization in an <em>ex vivo</em> human blood loop model to a greater extent than Ad5, indicating that the fiber knob modification may prolong the systemic circulation time. NETs represent a huge therapeutic challenge and novel diagnostic markers are needed for early detection and effective treatment of NETs. We have profiled primary tumors and liver metastases of ileocaceal NETs, using Affymetrix microarrays and advanced bioinformatics. We have identified six novel marker genes and show high similarity between primary lesions and liver metastases transcriptome by hierarchical clustering analysis.</p>
  • Svensson, Emma, et al. (författare)
  • Shaping the Tumor Stroma and Sparking Immune Activation by CD40 and 4-1BB Signaling Induced by an Armed Oncolytic Virus.
  • 2017
  • Ingår i: Clinical Cancer Research. - 1078-0432 .- 1557-3265. ; 23:19, s. 5846-5857
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • <p>Purpose: Pancreatic cancer is a severe indication with short expected survival despite surgery and/or combination chemotherapeutics. Checkpoint blockade antibodies are approved for several cancer indications, but pancreatic cancer has remained refractory. However, there are clinical data suggesting that stimulation of the CD40 pathway may be of interest for these patients. Oncolytic viruses armed with immunostimulatory genes represent an interesting approach. Herein, we present LOAd703, a designed adenovirus armed with trimerized CD40L and 4-1BBL that activates the CD40 and 4-1BB pathways, respectively. As many cells in the tumor stroma, including stellate cells and the infiltrating immune cells, express CD40 and some 4-1BB, we hypothesize that LOAd703 activates immunity and simultaneously modulates the biology of the tumor stroma.Experimental Design: Tumor, stellate, endothelial, and immune cells were infected by LOAd703 and investigated by flow cytometry, proteomics, and functional analyses.Results: LOAd703-infected pancreatic cell lines were killed by oncolysis, and the virus was more effective than standard-of-care gemcitabine. In in vivo xenograft models, LOAd703 efficiently reduced established tumors and could be combined with gemcitabine for additional effect. Infected stellate and tumor cells reduced factors that promote tumor growth (Spp-1, Gal-3, HGF, TGFβ and collagen type I), while chemokines were increased. Molecules involved in lymphocyte migration were upregulated on infected endothelial cells. Dendritic cells were robustly stimulated by LOAd703 to produce costimulators, cytokines and chemokines, and such DCs potently expanded both antigen-specific T cells and NK cells.Conclusions: LOAd703 is a potent immune activator that modulates the stroma to support antitumor responses. Clin Cancer Res; 1-12. ©2017 AACR.</p>
  • Yu, Di, 1985-, et al. (författare)
  • Preclinical Evaluation of AdVince, an Oncolytic Adenovirus Adapted for Treatment of Liver Metastases from Neuroendocrine Cancer
  • 2017
  • Ingår i: Neuroendocrinology. - S. Karger. - 0028-3835 .- 1423-0194. ; 105:1, s. 54-66
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • <p>Cancer immunotherapy is becoming a cornerstone in the clinical care of cancer patients due to the breakthrough trials with immune checkpoint blockade antibodies and chimeric antigen receptor T cells. The next breakthrough in cancer immunotherapy is likely to be oncolytic viruses engineered to selectively kill tumor cells and deceive the immune system to believe that the tumor is a foreign entity that needs to be eradicated. We have developed AdVince, an oncolytic adenovirus for treatment of liver metastases from neuroendocrine tumor (NET). AdVince includes the gene promoter from human chromogranin A for selective replication in neuroendocrine cells, miR122 target sequences for reduced liver toxicity, and a cell-penetrating peptide in the capsid for increased infectivity of tumor cells and optimized spread within tumors. This paper describes the preclinical evaluation of AdVince on freshly isolated human gastrointestinal NET cells resected from liver metastases and freshly isolated human hepatocytes as well as in fresh human blood. AdVince selectively replicates in and kills NET cells. Approximately, 73-fold higher concentration of AdVince is needed to induce similar level of cytotoxicity in NET cells as in hepatocytes. AdVince did not activate complement or induce considerable amount of proinflammatory cytokines or chemokines in human blood. The data presented herein indicate that AdVince can be safely evaluated in a phase I/IIa clinical trial for patients with liver-dominant NET.</p>
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