Conditionally replicating adenovirus expressing TIMP2 for ovarian cancer therapy

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  • Purpose: Current treatments for ovarian cancer have limited therapeutic outcomes due to advanced stage of the disease at diagnosis. Among new therapies, conditionally replicating adenoviruses (CRAds), designed to selectively lyse cancer cells, hold promise. In clinical trials, CRAds exhibited limited efficacy thus far. Second-generation CRAds are being developed to express a therapeutic protein to enhance antitumor efficacy. One attractive target in the tumor microenvironment is the matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) that degrade the extracellular matrix, and are upregulated in ovarian cancer. Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase 2 (TIMP2) is an endogenous inhibitor of MMPs. The present study developed and evaluated a novel CRAd (Ad5/3-CXCR4-TIMP2) for ovarian cancer therapy. Experimental Design: A targeted CRAd, Ad5/3-CXCR4-TIMP2 was developed using the CXCR4 promoter for enhanced replication, and expressing the TIMP2 transgene. The efficacy of this armed CRAd was determined in both established human ovarian cancer cell lines and in primary ovarian tumor samples. Results: Ad5/3-CXCR4-TIMP2 mediated expression of functional TIMP2, as demonstrated by the inhibition of MMP activity. In addition, arming with TIMP2 did not inhibit viral replication or oncolytic potency, as the TIMP2-armed viruses showed enhanced killing of cancer cells when compared to the unarmed viruses. We also examined viral replication in primary ovarian cancer tissues obtained from patients with stage III and IV ovarian cancer. In four of the five tumor samples, Ad5/3-CXCR4-TIMP2 revealed a 21- to 89-fold increase in replication when compared to the Ad5/3 virus. Conclusion: Results support the translational potential of Ad5/3-CXCR4-TIMP2 for treatment of patients with advanced ovarian cancer. ©2010 AACR.
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  • Yang SW; Cody JJ; Rivera AA; Waehler R; Wang M; Kimball KJ; Alvarez RA; Siegal GP; Douglas JT; Ponnazhagan S
  • Start Page

  • 538
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  • 549
  • Volume

  • 17
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  • 3