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Use of the radiation-inducible WAF1 promoter to drive iNOS gene therapy as a novel anti-cancer treatment

Worthington, Jenny, McCarthy, HO, Barrett, E, Adams, C, Robson, T and Hirst, DG (2004) Use of the radiation-inducible WAF1 promoter to drive iNOS gene therapy as a novel anti-cancer treatment. JOURNAL OF GENE MEDICINE, 6 (6). pp. 673-680. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1002/jgm.567


Background Inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) gene therapy has been identified as a potential anti-tumour strategy. A major problem common to most gene therapy strategies is targeting of treatment to the turnout volume. in this study we report on the use of the X-ray-inducible WAF1 promoter to achieve targeting of iNOS expression to the turnout volume. Methods A WAF1/iNOS/liposome complex was injected directly into RIF-1 and HT29 tumours in mice. A 4 Gy dose of X-rays was applied to induce the WAF1 promoter followed, 8 h later, by treatment doses of 10 or 20 Gy. Tumour volume was measured, and growth curves plotted. Results Intra-tumoural injection of WAF1/iNOS combined with a priming dose of X-rays to induce the WAF1 promoter, followed by a treatment dose, resulted in sensitiser enhancement ratios of 2.0 and 1.3 in RIF-1 and HT29 tumours, respectively, compared with radiation treatment alone. PCR analysis of organ tissue after intra-tumoural injection of WAF1/iNOS showed that vector sequences were detected in all tissue tested; however, Western blot analysis revealed that iNOS protein levels were significantly increased only in tumour and the surrounding dermal tissue that had been exposed to the 4 Gy inducing dose. Conclusions iNOS gene therapy in combination with an inducible promoter results in significant tumour cell radiosensitisation. The WAF1 promoter may be a good candidate for a gene therapy as it is silent in normal tissue yet can be induced by the tumour environment. Copyright (C) 2004 John Wiley Sons, Ltd.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Genomic Medicine
ID Code:5824
Deposited By: Dr Jenny Worthington
Deposited On:04 Jan 2010 09:48
Last Modified:10 May 2017 10:28

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