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A novel oncolytic adenovirus based on simian adenovirus serotype 24

Tao Cheng, Yufeng Song, Yan Zhang, Chao Zhang, Jieyun Yin, Yudan Chi and Dongming Zhou _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:26871-26885. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.15845

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Tao Cheng1, Yufeng Song1, Yan Zhang1, Chao Zhang1, Jieyun Yin1, Yudan Chi1, Dongming Zhou1

1Vaccine Research Center, Key Laboratory of Molecular Virology and Immunology, Institut Pasteur of Shanghai, Chinese Academy of Science, Shanghai 200031, China

Correspondence to:

Dongming Zhou, email: [email protected]

Keywords: oncolytic adenoviruses, AdC7, chimpanzee adenoviruses, p53-independent mitochondrial apoptosis, tumor treatment

Received: October 12, 2016     Accepted: February 20, 2017     Published: March 02, 2017


Among the oncolytic virotherapy, an emerging treatment for tumor, adenoviruses are widely used at present in preclinical and clinical trials. Traditionally, oncolytic adenoviruses were developed based on the human adenovirus serotype 5 (AdHu5). However, AdHu5 has the drawbacks of preexisting anti-AdHu5 immunity in most populations, and extensive sequestration of Adhu5 by the liver through hexon, blood coagulation factor X (FX), and FX receptor interactions. To tackle these problems, we explored a novel oncolytic adenovirus AdC7-SP/E1A-ΔE3 for cancer treatment. AdC7-SP/E1A-ΔE3 was constructed by replacing the E1A promoter with tumor specific promoter survivin promoter and deleting E3 region using direct cloning methods based on simian adenovirus serotype 24 (namely AdC7). We showed that AdC7-SP/E1A-ΔE3 significantly killed tumor cell lines NCI-H508 and Huh7, and inhibited tumor growth in both NCI-H508 and Huh7 xenograft tumor models. Importantly, AdC7-SP/E1A-ΔE3 exhibited the antitumor efficacy via systemic administration. Mechanistically, infected cells were killed by AdC7-SP/E1A-ΔE3 via the p53-independent mitochondrial apoptosis pathway in which phosphorylation of BAD markedly declined and the expresses of Bik significantly went up. Therefore, AdC7-SP/E1A-ΔE3 is a promising candidate for liver and colon tumor treatment.

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