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Liikanen, I.* ; Tahtinen, S.* ; Guse, K.* ; Gutmann, T. ; Savola, P.* ; Oksanen, M.* ; Kanerva, A.* ; Hemminki, A.*

Oncolytic adenovirus expressing monoclonal antibody trastuzumab for treatment of HER2-positive cancer.

Mol. Cancer Ther. 15, 2259-2269 (2016)
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Monoclonal anti-HER2 antibody trastuzumab has significantly improved the survival of patients with HER2-overexpressing tumors. Nevertheless, systemic antibody therapy is expensive, limited in efficacy due to physical tumor barriers, and carries the risk of severe side effects such as cardiomyopathy. Oncolytic viruses mediate cancer-selective transgene expression, kill infected cancer cells while mounting antitumor immune responses, and have recently demonstrated promising efficacy in combination treatments. Here, we armed an oncolytic adenovirus with full-length trastuzumab to achieve effective in situ antibody production coupled with progressive oncolytic cancer cell killing. We constructed an infectivity-enhanced serotype 5 oncolytic adenovirus, Ad5/3-D24-tras, coding for human trastuzumab antibody heavy-and light-chain genes, connected by an internal ribosome entry site. Infected cancer cells were able to assemble full-length functional antibody, as confirmed by Western blot, ELISA, and antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity assay. Importantly, oncolysis was required for release of the antibody into tumors, providing additional spatial selectivity. Ad5/3-D24-tras showed potent in vitro cytotoxicity and enhanced antitumor efficacy over oncolytic control virus Ad5/3-D24 or commercial trastuzumab in HER2-positive cancer models in vivo (both P < 0.05). Furthermore, Ad5/3-D24-tras resulted in significantly higher tumor-to-systemic antibody concentrations (P < 0.001) over conventional delivery. Immunological analyses revealed dendritic cell activation and natural killer cell accumulation in tumor-draining lymph nodes. Thus, Ad5/ 3-D24-tras is an attractive anticancer approach combining oncolytic immunotherapy with local trastuzumab production, resulting in improved in vivo efficacy and immune cell activation in HER2-positive cancer. Moreover, the finding that tumor cells can produce functional antibody as directed by oncolytic virus could lead to many valuable antitumor approaches.
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Publication type Article: Journal article
Document type Scientific Article
Keywords Her2-overexpressing Breast-cancer; Dendritic Cells; Gastric-cancer; Ovarian-cancer; Stem-cells; Tumor; Immunotherapy; Therapy; Activation; Resistance
ISSN (print) / ISBN 1535-7163
e-ISSN 1538-8514
Quellenangaben Volume: 15, Issue: 9, Pages: 2259-2269 Article Number: , Supplement: ,
Publisher American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
Publishing Place Philadelphia
Reviewing status Peer reviewed
Institute(s) Institute for Pancreatic Beta Cell Research (IPI)