We evaluated the antitumor effect of a telomerase-specific replication-selective adenovirus (Telomelysin, OBP-301) for adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) in vitro and in vivo. Adenovirus E1 gene expression was controlled by human telomerase reverse transcription (hTERT). Infection of ACC cells by OBP-301 induced high E1A mRNA expression and subsequent oncolytic cell death in a dose-dependent manner. Using OBP-401 (TelomeScan), a genetically engineered adenovirus that carries the GFP gene under the control of the cytomegalovirus (CMV) promoter at the deleted E3 region of OBP-301, ACC cells expressed bright GFP fluorescence as early as 12 h after OBP-401 infection. The fluorescence intensity gradually increased in a time-dependent manner, followed by rapid cell death due to the cytopathic effect of OBP-401, as evidenced by the floating, highly light-refractive cells using phase-contrast microscopy. Effects of intratumorally injected OBP-401 against established Acc2 xenograft tumors were seen in BALB/c nu/nu mice. The levels of GFP expression following ex vivo infection of OBP-401 may be of value as a positive predictive marker for the outcome of telomerase-specific virotherapy. Our data clearly indicated that telomerase-specific oncolytic adenoviruses have significant therapeutic potential against human ACC in vitro and in vivo. These results suggest that treatment with OBP-301 and OBP-401 may improve the quality of life of oral cancer patients.
- Adenoid cystic carcinoma
- Telomerase-specific replication-selective oncolytic viruses
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research