Effective oncolytic vaccinia therapy for human sarcomas.

Approximately one fourth of bone and soft-tissue sarcomas recur after prior treatment. GLV-1h68 is a recombinant, replication-competent vaccinia virus that has been shown to have oncolytic effects against many human cancer types. We sought to determine whether GLV-1h68 could selectively target and lyse a panel of human bone and soft-tissue sarcoma cell lines in vitro and in vivo.
GLV-1h68 was tested in a panel of four cell lines including: fibrosarcoma HT-1080, osteosarcoma U-2OS, fibrohistiocytoma M-805, and rhabdomyosarcoma HTB-82. Gene expression, infectivity, viral proliferation, and cytotoxicity were characterized in vitro. HT-1080 xenograft flank tumors grown in vivo were injected intratumorally with a single dose of GLV-1h68.
All four cell lines supported robust viral transgene expression in vitro. At a multiplicity of infection (MOI) of five, GLV-1h68 was cytotoxic to three cell lines, resulting in >80% cytotoxicity over 7 d. In vivo, a single injection of GLV-1h68 into HT-1080 xenografts exhibited localized intratumoral luciferase activity peaking at d 2-4, with gradual resolution over 8 d and no evidence of spread to normal tissues. Treated animals exhibited near-complete tumor regression over a 28-d period without observed toxicity.
GLV-1h68 has potent direct oncolytic effects against human sarcoma in vitro and in vivo. Recombinant vaccinia oncolytic virotherapy could provide a new platform for the treatment of patients with bone and soft tissue sarcomas. Future clinical trials investigating oncolytic vaccinia as a therapy for sarcomas are warranted.
AuthorsShuangba He, Pingdong Li, Chun-Hao Chen, Richard L Bakst, Natalya Chernichenko, Yong A Yu, Nanhai Chen, Aladar A Szalay, Zhenkun Yu, Yuman Fong, Richard J Wong
JournalThe Journal of surgical research (J Surg Res) Vol. 175 Issue 2 Pg. e53-60 (Jun 15 2012) ISSN: 1095-8673 [Electronic] United States
PMID22341347 (Publication Type: Journal Article, Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural)
CopyrightCopyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Chemical References
  • Cancer Vaccines
  • Animals
  • Bone Neoplasms (drug therapy, pathology)
  • Cancer Vaccines (therapeutic use)
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Fibrosarcoma (drug therapy, pathology)
  • Histiocytoma, Malignant Fibrous (drug therapy, pathology)
  • Humans
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Nude
  • Oncolytic Virotherapy
  • Osteosarcoma (drug therapy, pathology)
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma (drug therapy, pathology)
  • Sarcoma (drug therapy, pathology)
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms (drug therapy, pathology)
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vaccinia virus
  • Xenograft Model Antitumor Assays

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