CG0070, a conditionally replicating granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor—armed oncolytic adenovirus for the treatment of bladder cancer

Nagarajan Ramesh, Ying Ge, David L Ennist, Mingzhu Zhu, Mervat Mina, Shanthi Ganesh, P Seshidhar Reddy, De-Chao Yu
Clinical Cancer Research 2006 January 1, 12 (1): 305-13

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine the tumor specificity, cytotoxicity, and granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor expression of CG0070, a conditionally replicating oncolytic adenovirus, in human bladder transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) cell lines and determine its antitumor efficacy in bladder TCC tumor models.

EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Virus yield and cytotoxicity assays were used to determine tumor specificity and virus replication-mediated cytotoxicity of CG0070 in a panel of human bladder TCC cell lines and primary cells in vitro. Two s.c. and one orthotopic bladder TCC xenograft tumor models were used to assess antitumor activity of CG0070.

RESULTS: In a matched isogenic pair of cell lines with differing retinoblastoma (Rb) pathway status, CG0070 showed selective E1a and granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) expression in Rb pathway-defective cells. CG0070 replicated in Rb-defective bladder TCC cell lines as efficiently as wild-type adenovirus but produced 100-fold less virus in normal human cells. CG0070 was up to 1,000-fold more cytotoxic in Rb pathway-defective bladder TCC cells in comparison with normal human cells. Antitumor activity of CG0070 was shown in two bladder TCC s.c. xenograft tumor models following intratumoral injections and intravesical treatment in an orthotopic xenograft tumor model when compared with PBS treatment.

CONCLUSIONS: In vitro and in vivo studies showed the selective replication, cytotoxicity, GM-CSF production, and antitumor efficacy of CG0070 in several bladder TCC models, suggesting a potential utility of this oncolytic agent for the treatment of bladder cancer. Further studies are warranted to show the role of human GM-CSF in the antitumor efficacy of CG0070.

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