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Regression of colon cancer and induction of antitumor immunity by intratumoral injection of adenovirus expressing interleukin-12

Dec 1, 1999 | Magazine: Cancer Gene Therapy

Mazzolini G, Qian C, Xie X, Sun Y, Lasarte JJ, Drozdzik M, Prieto J.

Interleukin-12 (IL-12) has been shown to possess potent immunoregulatory and antitumoral effects.

We have evaluated the anti-oncogenic potential and the mechanisms of the antitumoral effect of in vivo adenovirus-mediated transfer of IL-12 gene in a murine model of colon cancer. AdCMVIL-12 was constructed to permit coordinated production of p40 and p35 subunits of IL-12 gene to obtain the maximum IL-12 bioactivity. Infection of murine colon cancer CT-26 cells in vitro with AdCMVIL-12 resulted in the production of high levels of IL-12. In vivo gene therapy of colon cancer nodules by intratumoral injection of AdCMVIL-12 induced a local increase in IL-12 and interferon-gamma levels and a complete regression of the tumor in 26 of 34 (76%) mice.

Tumor disappeared between days 7 and 10 after vector administration. The antitumoral effect was mediated by CD8+ T cells and was associated with the generation of cytotoxic T lymphocytes against colon cancer cells. Animals that eliminated the tumor were protected against a second administration of neoplastic cells. Treatment with AdCMVIL-12 of one tumor nodule also caused regression of established tumors at distant sites.

These data demonstrate that AdCMVIL-12 is a useful therapeutic tool for established colon cancer in mice and should be considered for application in humans.

CITATION  Cancer Gene Ther. 1999 Nov-Dec;6(6):514-22