Oncolytic HSV-1 for the treatment of brain tumours

Academic Article


  • The prognosis for patients diagnosed with malignant glioma, the most common primary tumour of the central nervous system, remains poor despite decades of research and advances in surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. The development of new approaches for the treatment of these tumours has led to the emergence of oncolytic viral therapy, with the use of conditionally replicating viruses, as a potential new intervention. Herpes simplex virus type 1 has emerged as the leading candidate oncolytic virus, with six different trials either completed or underway for patients with malignant glioma. In this review, the background of this approach will be discussed, followed by a discussion of the clinical trials, as well as potential directions for future trials.
  • Author List

  • Markert JM; Parker JN; Buchsbaum DJ; Grizzle WE; Gillespie GY; Whitley RJ
  • Start Page

  • 66
  • End Page

  • 71
  • Volume

  • 13
  • Issue

  • 3