Viral Therapy of Cancer Kevin J. Harrington Richard G. Vile Hardev S. Pandha

Viral Therapy of Cancer
Editors
Kevin J. Harrington
Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK
Richard G. Vile
The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
Hardev S. Pandha
University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
Viral Therapy of Cancer
Viral Therapy of Cancer
Editors
Kevin J. Harrington
Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK
Richard G. Vile
The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
Hardev S. Pandha
University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
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Viral therapy of cancer / edited by Kevin J. Harrington, Richard G. Vile.
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ISBN 978-0-470-01922-1 (cloth : alk. paper)
1. Viruses–Therapeutic use. 2. Cancer–Treatment. I. Harrington,
Kevin J., 1958- II. Vile, Richard G. III. Pandha, Hardev S.
[DNLM: 1. Oncolytic Virotherapy. 2. Gene Therapy. 3. Neoplasms–
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Contents
Foreword
xiii
Preface
xv
Contributors
1 Adenoviruses
xvii
1
Kate Relph, Kevin J. Harrington, Alan Melcher and Hardev S. Pandha
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
1.6
1.7
1.8
1.9
1.10
1.11
Introduction
Viral structure and life cycle
Adenoviral vectors
Targeting adenoviral vectors
Clinical applications of adenoviral gene therapy
Adenoviral vectors for immunotherapy
Adenoviral vectors for suicide gene therapy
Adenoviral vectors for gene replacement therapy
Oncolytic adenoviral therapy
Adverse outcomes of adenoviral gene therapy
Summary
References
1
1
5
6
7
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10
11
12
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14
2 Application of HSV-1 vectors to the treatment of cancer
19
Paola Grandi, Kiflai Bein, Costas G. Hadjipanayis, Darren Wolfe,
Xandra O. Breakefield and Joseph C. Glorioso
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.6
Introduction
Basic biology of HSV
Replication competent or oncolytic vectors
Replication defective vectors
Amplicons
Impediments to the efficacy of HSV vectors for cancer gene therapy
19
19
24
28
30
32
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2.7
2.8
Strategies to enhance the efficacy and specificity of HSV vectors
for cancer gene therapy
Summary and conclusions
Acknowledgements
References
3 Adeno-associated virus
36
42
42
42
55
Selvarangan Ponnazhagan
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6
3.7
3.8
3.9
3.10
3.11
3.12
3.13
Introduction
Biology and life cycle of AAV
AAV serotypes
Production of recombinant AAV
Gene therapy for cancer treatment
Anti-oncogenic properties of AAV
Molecular chemotherapy studies with rAAV
AAV-mediated sustained transgene expression as a potential cancer gene
therapy strategy
rAAV vectors have advantages in stimulating T helper 1/cytotoxic
T lymphocyte responses
rAAV vectors can be used to initiate immune responses
Altering AAV tropism for tumour-specific delivery
Clinical trials involving rAAV
Conclusion
Acknowledgements
References
4 Retroviruses
55
55
57
57
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Simon Chowdhury and Yasuhiro Ikeda
4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
4.5
4.6
4.7
4.8
4.9
4.10
Introduction
Structure of retroviral particles
Retroviral genome
Retroviral life cycle
Retroviral vectors
Safety of retroviral vectors: insertional mutagenesis
Gene therapy of X-linked SCID
Retroviral cancer gene therapy
Immunomodulatory approaches
Conclusions
References
5 Lentiviral vectors for cancer gene therapy
69
69
69
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75
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Antonia Follenzi and Elisa Vigna
5.1
5.2
5.3
5.4
5.5
Development of lentiviral vectors (LV)
Targeting of transgene expression
Host immune responses to LV and their transgene
Transgenesis
Haematopoietic stem cell gene transfer
83
85
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5.6
5.7
5.8
Cancer treatment by LV
Approved clinical trials using LV
Conclusions
References
6 Poxviruses as immunomodulatory cancer therapeutics
vii
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91
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91
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Kevin J. Harrington, Hardev S. Pandha and Richard G. Vile
6.1
6.2
6.3
6.4
6.5
6.6
Introduction
General features of poxvirus structure and biology
Clinically applicable poxviruses
Poxviruses as potential cancer therapeutics
Clinical experience with poxviruses
Conclusions
References
7 Oncolytic herpes simplex viruses
95
95
97
99
102
110
110
115
Guy R. Simpson and Robert S. Coffin
7.1
7.2
7.3
7.4
7.5
7.6
7.7
7.8
7.9
Introduction
Herpes simplex virology
Properties of HSV relevant to oncolytic virus therapy
Mutations giving tumour-selective replication
Oncolytic HSV expressing fusogenic membrane glycoproteins (FMG)
Prodrug activation therapy and oncolytic HSV
Combination of oncolytic HSV with immunomodulatory gene expression
Combination of conventional therapies with oncolytic HSV
Summary
Acknowledgement
References
8 Selective tumour cell cytotoxicity by reoviridae – preclinical evidence
and clinical trial results
115
115
117
118
125
126
127
128
129
130
130
139
Laura Vidal, Matt Coffey and Johann de Bono
8.1
8.2
8.3
8.4
8.5
8.6
8.7
8.8
8.9
8.10
Introduction
Reovirus structure
Reovirus replication
Reovirus and human infection
Oncolytic activitiy
Mechanism of reovirus-induced cytotoxicity
Preclinical experience
Immunogenicity
Clinical experience
Conclusions
References
9 Oncolytic vaccinia
139
139
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147
148
151
M. Firdos Ziauddin and David L. Bartlett
9.1
Introduction
151
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9.2
9.3
9.4
9.5
9.6
9.7
9.8
Biology of vaccinia virus
Tumour selectivity and antitumour effect
Improving antitumour effects through bystander effects
Immune response to vaccinia and vaccinia immune evasion strategies
Virus-driven antitumour immune response
Imaging
Current and potential clinical applications
References
10 Newcastle Disease virus: a promising vector for viral therapy of cancer
151
153
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171
Volker Schirrmacher and Philippe Fournier
10.1
10.2
10.3
10.4
10.5
10.6
10.7
10.8
10.9
10.10
10.11
10.12
10.13
11
Introduction
Structure, taxonomy, pathogenicity and oncolytic properties of NDV
Human application and safety
Tumour-selective replication of NDV
Virally based cancer immunotherapy and danger signals
NDV: a danger signal inducing vector
The human cancer vaccine ATV-NDV
Pre-existing antitumour memory T cells from cancer patients and their
activation by antitumour vaccination with ATV-NDV
Clinical trials of antitumour vaccination with ATV-NDV
NDV-specific recombinant bispecific antibodies to augment antitumour immune
responses
NDV-binding bispecific fusion proteins to improve
cancer specific virus targeting
Recombinant NDV as a new vector for vaccination and gene therapy
Conclusion
References
Vesicular stomatitis virus
171
171
172
174
174
175
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177
177
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180
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182
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John Bell, Kelly Parato and Harold Atkins
11.1
11.2
11.3
11.4
11.5
11.6
11.7
11.8
11.9
11.10
11.11
11.12
11.13
11.14
11.15
Introduction
VSV: genomic organization and life cycle
Host range and pathogenesis of VSV infection
Control of VSV infection by the innate type I interferon response
Cancer cells are insensitive to type I interferon
VSV preferentially replicates in and lyses tumour cells in vitro
VSV attenuation: enhanced tumour selectivity and therapeutic index
Engineered/recombinant VSV
VSV effectively eradicates tumours in vivo
VSV and the host immune response
Host immunity vs. therapeutic efficacy
VSV is a potent vaccine
Innate sensing of VSV and the antitumour response
So what is a good oncolytic virus?
Future challenges for VSV
References
187
187
188
189
190
190
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192
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CONTENTS
12 Measles as an oncolytic virus
ix
205
Adele Fielding
12.1
12.2
12.3
12.4
12.5
12.6
12.7
12.8
12.9
12.10
12.11
12.12
12.13
12.14
13
Introduction
Measles virus and the consequences of natural infection
MV vaccine
MV genetics and engineering
MV receptors
Animal models for the study of MV pathogenesis and oncolysis
Oncolytic activity of MV
Mechanism of specificity
Targeting MV entry
Enhancing the oncolytic activity of MV
Interactions with the immune system
Potential specific toxicities of clinical use of replicating attenuated MV
Clinical trials
Conclusions
References
Alphaviruses
205
205
206
206
207
207
208
208
209
210
210
211
211
212
212
217
Ryuya Yamanaka
13.1
13.2
13.3
13.4
13.5
13.6
13.7
14
Introduction
RNA viruses as gene expression vectors
The biology of alphaviruses
Heterologous gene expression using alphavirus vectors
Cancer gene therapy strategies using alphavirus vectors
Alphavirus vector development for gene therapy application
Conclusions
References
Tumour-suppressor gene therapy
217
218
218
220
221
223
224
225
229
Bingliang Fang and Jack A. Roth
14.1
14.2
14.3
14.4
Tumour-suppressor genes
Use of tumour-suppressing genes for cancer therapy
Clinical trials of p53 gene replacement
Tumour-suppressor gene therapy in multimodality
anticancer treatment
14.5 Future prospects
Acknowledgements
References
15
RNA interference and dominant negative approaches
229
231
232
233
235
235
236
241
Charlotte Moss and Nick Lemoine
15.1
15.2
15.3
15.4
Introduction
Oligonucleotide agents
Mechanism of RNAi
RNAi and antisense compared
241
241
242
243
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15.5
15.6
15.7
15.8
15.9
15.10
15.11
15.12
16
siRNA design
Off-target effects
Induction of innate immunity
Methods of delivery
Antisense
Dominant negative approaches
Research applications of siRNA
Therapeutic applications of siRNA
References
244
244
246
247
251
252
252
252
253
Gene-directed enzyme prodrug therapy
255
Silke Schepelmann, Douglas Hedley, Lesley M. Ogilvie and
Caroline J. Springer
16.1
16.2
16.3
16.4
17
Introduction
Enzyme-prodrug systems for GDEPT
Gene delivery vectors for GDEPT
Conclusions
References
Immunomodulatory gene therapy
255
255
262
268
269
277
Denise Boulanger and Andrew Bateman
17.1
17.2
17.3
17.4
17.5
18
Introduction
Immunotherapy strategies using viral vectors
Viruses used as viral vectors in cancer immunotherapy
Clinical trials against specific TAA
Conclusions and future prospects
References
Antiangiogenic gene delivery
277
277
280
283
289
290
295
Anita T. Tandle and Steven K. Libutti
18.1
18.2
18.3
18.4
18.5
19
Angiogenesis: role in tumour development and metastasis
Targeting tumour vasculature as an approach for cancer treatment
Viral vectors to deliver antiangiogenic gene products
Viral targeting
Concluding remarks
References
Radiosensitization in viral gene therapy
295
297
299
303
306
306
313
Jula Veerapong, Kai A. Bickenbach and Ralph R. Weichselbaum
19.1
19.2
19.3
19.4
19.5
Introduction
Adenovirus
Adeno-associated viruses
Herpes simplex viruses
Enhancing the effect of radiation by delivering tumour
suppressor genes
19.6 Virus-directed enzyme prodrug therapy
313
313
314
314
316
316
CONTENTS
19.7 Conclusions
References
20
Radioisotope delivery
xi
322
324
327
Inge D.L. Peerlinck and Georges Vassaux
20.1
20.2
20.3
20.4
21
Introduction
History of iodine therapy
Genetic therapy
Conclusion
References
Radioprotective gene therapy: current status and future goals
327
327
330
338
338
341
Joel S. Greenberger and Michael W. Epperly
21.1
21.2
21.3
21.4
21.5
21.6
22
Introduction
Organ-specific radiation protection: oral cavity/oropharynx
MnSOD-PL treatment reduces pulmonary irradiation damage
MnSOD-PL gene therapy down-modulates marrow cell migration to the lungs
MnSOD-PL systemic administration for radiation protection from TBI
Summary and future directions
References
Chemoprotective gene delivery
341
342
354
357
358
359
360
377
Michael Milsom, Axel Schambach, David Williams and Christopher Baum
22.1
22.2
22.3
22.4
22.5
22.6
Introduction
The promise of chemoselection strategies
The limitations of chemoselection strategies
Which expression level of chemoprotective genes is appropriate?
Vector design to achieve optimal expression levels
Exploring side effects of continued transgene expression and insufficient
chemoprotection
22.7 The future: inducible expression of drug resistance genes
Acknowledgements
References
Index
377
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Foreword
Cancer continues to represent a major global
challenge despite advances made in the last
10 years that have seen improvements in survival
rates for many of the common solid tumours. A
number of cytotoxics, novel targeted agents,
innovations in radiation oncology and new surgical techniques have been developed and all have
played their part in the steady progress that has
been made. However, some of the most important
advances have come about due to better multidisciplinary working and successful multinational collaborations in clinical trials. Further
work is required to optimize the standard anticancer modalities (surgery, radiotherapy, conventional chemotherapy and targeted agents) but
even with the best efforts these are likely to
yield little more than incremental gains in treatment outcomes.
The most significant change in oncology in the
last 20 years has been our understanding of the
molecular and genetic basis of cancer. In the early
1990s, this knowledge led to the development of an
entirely new modality of treatment with a rationale
based on fundamental molecular observations
involving oncogenesis, immunology and intracellular signaling pathways. This new therapy was
born out of the new biology, termed gene therapy
and presented the biomedical community with the
possibility of a quantum change in therapeutics.
Suddenly there was the theoretical possibility of
treating the root cause of a variety of diseases: not
just cancer, but cardiovascular disorders, neurodegenerative conditions, inborn errors of metabolism
and infectious diseases have all been the targets of
this new therapeutic strategy.
Gene therapy represents the ultimate multidisciplinary activity. However, it should be regarded
as a non-subject because it is more a series of
scientific interdependencies coming together to
achieve a particular therapeutic objective. Viral
Therapy of Cancer illustrates this point very well
with almost the entire gamut of bioscience and
clinical expertise represented by the contributors.
The book focuses on cancer and the use of viruses,
both as vectors and as therapeutic agents, the latter
strategy having grown out of the early days of
gene therapy when viral vectors seemed to be the
only possible way forward. The development of
viral therapy demonstrates an important truth
about gene therapy programmes: namely, that the
field of gene therapy is not a strategy that should
be judged simply by the triumphs or failures of
clinical trials. It is a scientific activity of considerable consequence that spins out important scientific knowledge while at the same time making us
question our current standard clinical trial methodologies which are not fit for all purposes, e.g.
‘proof of principle’ studies.
This book has been edited by three experts in the
field of cancer gene therapy with experience of both
laboratory and clinical research. The text bridges
the gap between bench and bedside and will appeal
to both basic scientists and clinicians with an
interest in viral and gene therapy. The book is
very comprehensive and deals with the biology,
selectivity and clinical applications of the viruses
that have been used as cancer therapeutics.
The multidisciplinary nature of gene therapy
means that it is sometimes difficult for those
involved; virologist, molecular biologist, clinician,
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FOREWORD
nurse, pharmacist, safety officer, to get accessible
information about those areas of the activity in
which that they are not expert. This book provides
the reader with an excellent and comprehensive
account of all aspects of the use of viruses as
cancer therapy.
Martin Gore PhD FRCP
Professor of Cancer Medicine
Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute of Cancer Research
Chairman, Gene Therapy Advisory Committee,
Department of Health (UK)
Preface
Treatment modalities for cancer have expanded
well beyond the traditional approaches of surgery,
radiotherapy and chemotherapy. There has been an
enormous surge of interest in the use of biological
therapies, facilitated by a seismic shift in our
understanding of the molecular basis of cancer.
Although the first gene therapy trial using a retroviral vector was undertaken more than fifteen
years ago, gene transfer therapy for cancer still
awaits its first great breakthrough in terms of
prolonging life. Having fairly recently confirmed
the role of certain viruses in tumorigenesis, there
appears to be a natural justice that we should now
try and harness viruses for cancer therapy. Until
recently, we would never have contemplated the
use of replication-competent viruses for the treatment of cancer and, in fact, much of the early
work in the field was deliberately restricted to the
evolution of non-replicating viral vectors capable
of efficient gene transfer. However, in 2008
the landscape has changed immeasurably and we
are looking at the use of a wide range of replicationcompetent viruses as potential anti-cancer agents.
These agents include those, that occur in nature and
others that have been specifically engineered to
have specific cytotoxicity against cancer cells,
either as single agents or in combination with
other anti-cancer modalities. The range of potential
agents presents a variety of tropisms and individual
strengths and weaknesses. Progress in this field has
been astonishing in the last decade and as a result
we felt that a comprehensive textbook coherently
presenting the advances with the individual viruses
was timely.
We have attempted to present a text which will
appeal to the clinician, clinician-scientist and basic
scientist as well as to allied health professionals.
The chapters review the mechanistic and clinical
background to a range of viral therapies and are
designed to proceed from basic science at the bench
to the patient’s bedside to give an up-to-date and
realistic evaluation of a therapy’s potential utility
for the cancer patient. We anticipate intense clinical
activity in this arena in the next few years with a
very real prospect that virotherapy may establish a
role in the standard treatment of both common and
rare cancers.
We thank Dr Kate Relph for her enormous
contribution in the editing of this book.
This volume would not have been possible
without the support of our families and, so, we
wish to dedicate it: to Sindy, Simran and Savneet;
to Memy, Oriana and Sebastian; to Katie and Lila
Rose.
Kevin J. Harrington,
Richard G.Vile and Hardev S. Pandha
Contributors
Harold Atkins
Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre Research
Laboratories
503 Smyth Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1H IC4
Canada
Kai A. Bickenbach
University of Chicago
Duchessois Center
for Advanced Medicine
5841 S Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637, USA
David L. Bartlett
University of Pittsburgh Physicians Faculty
CNPAV 459 Pittsburgh
UPMC Cancer Pavilion
5150 Center Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA
Denise Boulanger
The Somers Cancer Research Building
Southampton General Hospital
Mail Point 824, Tremona Road
Southampton SO16 64D, UK
Andrew Bateman
Division of Cancer Sciences
School of Medicine
Southampton General Hospital
Southampton SO16 64D, UK
Xandra O. Breakefield
Departments of Neurology and Radiology
Program in Neuroscience
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA 02114, USA
Christopher Baum
Cincinnati Children’s’ Hospital
3333 Burnett Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039, USA
Kiflai Bein
Department of Molecular Genetics and
Biochemistry
University of Pittsburgh
BSTWR E1246
Pittsburgh, PA 15219, USA
John Bell
Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre Research
Laboratories
503 Smyth Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1H IC4, Canada
Simon Chowdhury
Department of Medical Oncology
St George’s Hospital
Blackshaw Road
London SW17 0QT, UK
Matt Coffey
Oncolytics Biotech Inc
210, 1167 Kensington Crescent NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1X7, Canada
Robert Coffin
BioVex Ltd
70 Milton Park
Abingdon OX14 4RX, UK
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CONTRIBUTORS
Johann de Bono
Centre for Cancer Therapeutics
Institute for Cancer Research
Royal Marsden Hospital
Downs Road
Sutton SM2 5PT, UK
Joseph C. Glorioso
Department of Molecular Genetics and
Biochemistry
University of Pittsburgh
BSTWR E1246
Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA
Michael W. Epperly
Department of Radiation Oncology
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
Paola Grandi
Department of Neurosurgery
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA
Bingliang Fang
Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular
Surgery, Unit 445
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson
Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030, USA
Adele Fielding
Royal Free Hospital
Pond Street
London NW3 2QG, UK
Andrea Follenzi
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Ullman Building
1300 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461, USA
Joel S. Greenberger
Department of Radiation Oncology
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
Costas G. Hadjipanayis
Department of Neurosurgery
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA
Douglas Hedley
Cancer Research UK Centre for Cancer
Therapeutics
The Institute of Cancer Research
15 Cotswold Road
Sutton SM2 5NG, UK
Philippe Fournier
German Cancer Research Center
Division of Cellular Immunology
Im Neuenheimer Feld 280
69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Yasuhiro Ikeda
Molecular Medicine Program
Guggenheim building 18-11c
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
200 1st Street
Rochester, MN 55905, USA
Kevin J. Harrington
Targeted Therapy Laboroatory
Cancer Research UK Centre for Cell and
Molecular Biology
Institute of Cancer Research
237 Fulham Road
London SW3 6JB, UK
Nick Lemoine
Cancer Research UK Clinical Centre
Barts and The London Queen Mary’s School
of Medicine and Dentistry
John Vane Science Centre
Charterhouse Square
London EC1M 6BQ, UK
CONTRIBUTORS
Steven K. Libutti
National Cancer Institute
Suite 3036A
6116 Executive Road
MSC 8322
Bethesda, MD 20892-8322, USA
Michael Milsom
Division of Experimental Hematology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039, USA
Charlotte Moss
Cancer Research UK Clinical Centre
Barts and The London Queen Mary’s School of
Medicine and Dentistry
John Vane Science Centre
Charterhouse Square
London EC1M 6BQ, UK
Lesley M. Ogilvie
Cancer Research UK Centre for Cancer
Therapeutics
The Institute of Cancer Research
15 Cotswold Road
Sutton SM2 5NG, UK
Caroline J. Springer
The Institute of Cancer Research
123 Old Brompton Road
London SW7 3RP, UK
Hardev S. Pandha
Oncology Department
Postgraduate Medical School
University of Surrey
Guildford GU2 7WG, UK
Kelly Parato
Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre Research
Labororatories
503 Smyth Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1H IC4, Canada
Inge D.L. Peerlinck
Centre for Molecular Oncology
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Institute of Cancer and the CR-UK
Clinical Centre
Barts and The London Queen Mary’s School of
Medicine and Dentistry
John Vane Science Centre
Charterhouse Square
London EC1M 6BQ, UK
Selvarangan Ponnazhagan
The University of Alabama in
Birmingham
Lyons-Harrison Research
Building
1530 3rd Avenue S
Birmingham, AL 35294-0007, USA
Kate Relph
Oncology Department
Postgraduate Medical School
University of Surrey
Guildford GU2 7WG, UK
Jack A. Roth
Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular
Surgery
Unit 445
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer
Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030, USA
Axel Schambach
Department of Experimental
Hematology
Hannover Medical School
30625 Hannover, Germany
Silke Schepelmann
The Institute of Cancer Research
237 Fulham Road
London SW3 6JB, UK
Volker Schirrmacher
German Cancer Research Center
Division of Cellular Immunology
Im Neuenheimer Feld 280
69120 Heidelberg, Germany
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CONTRIBUTORS
Guy Simpson
Dept of Oncology
Postgraduate Medical School
University of Surrey
Daphne Jackson Road, Manor Park
Guildford GU2 5XH, UK
Elisa Vigna
Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment
University of Torino
Strada Provinciale
10060 Candiolo
Torino, Italy
Caroline J. Springer
Institute of Cancer Research
123 Old Brompton Road
London SW7 3RP, UK
Richard G. Vile
Molecular Medicine Program
Guggenheim 1836
Mayo Clinic
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Rochester, MN 55902, USA
Anita Tandle
Advanced Technology Center
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Georges Vassaux
Centre for Molecular Oncology
Institute of Cancer and the CR-UK Clinical Centre
Barts and The London Queen Mary’s School of
Medicine and Dentistry
John Vane Science Centre
Charterhouse Square
London EC1M 6BQ, UK
Jula Veerapong
University of Chicago Duchessois Center for
Advanced Medicine
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Chicago, IL 60637, USA
Laura Vidal
Centre for Cancer Therapeutics
Institute for Cancer Research, Royal Marsden
Hospital
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Ralph R. Weichselbaum
University of Chicago Duchessois Center for
Advanced Medicine
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David Williams
Division of Experimental Hematology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039, USA
Darren Wolfe
Diamyd Inc
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Ryuya Yamanaka
Research Center of Innovative Cancer Therapy
Kurume University School of Medicine
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Kurume
Fukuoka 830-0011, Japan
M. Firdos Ziauddin
Division of Surgical Oncology
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA
1
Adenoviruses
Kate Relph, Kevin J. Harrington, Alan Melcher and Hardev S. Pandha
1.1 Introduction
Adenoviral vectors are the most popular vehicles
for gene transfer currently being used in worldwide
clinical trials for cancer. Over the past decade our
knowledge of the adenoviral lifecycle together with
the discovery of novel tumour antigens has permitted the targeting of adenoviral vectors to specific
tumours. Targeting adenoviral vectors to tumours is
crucial for their use in clinical applications in order
to allow for systemic administration and the use of
reduced vector doses. In addition, novel approaches
to tumour killing have also been explored which
will have greater potency and selectivity than currently available treatments such as chemotherapy or
radiation. This chapter discusses the basic concepts
behind the use of adenoviral vectors for cancer gene
therapy, their potential for clinical application and
where possible reviews ongoing and completed
clinical trials.
1.2 Viral structure and life cycle
Adenoviruses are a frequent cause of upper respiratory tract infections and have also been associated
with gastroenteritis and pneumonia in young children. They were first isolated in 1953 by scientists
trying to establish cell lines from adenoidal tissue of
children removed during tonsillectomy, and since
then more than 50 different serotypes have been
identified (Table 1.1) (Hilleman and Werner, 1954).
The adenoviruses have been classified into six
subgroups based on sequence homology and their
ability to agglutinate red blood cells (Shenk, 1996).
Most adenoviral vectors are derived from Ad2 or
Ad5 which have been well studied and noted for
their safety: over 50 per cent of the population show
antibodies to adenovirus serotype 5 suggesting that
it is particularly safe.
Adenovirus is a non-enveloped, icosahedral virus
of about 60–90 nm in diameter with a linear double
stranded genome of about 30–40 kb (Figure 1.1)
(Stewart et al., 1993). The capsid consists of three
major proteins, hexon (II), penton base (III), and a
knobbed fibre (IV) along with a number of other
minor proteins, VI, VII, IX, IIIa and IVa2. The virus
genome has inverted terminal repeats (ITRs) and is
associated with several proteins including a terminal protein (TP), which is attached to the 50 end
(Rekosh et al., 1977), a highly basic protein VII and
a small peptide termed mu (Anderson et al., 1989).
A further protein, V, links the DNA to the capsid via
protein VI (Matthews and Russell, 1995).
The adenovirus life cycle essentially consists of
the following steps. Virus entry into the cell is a
two-stage process involving an initial interaction
of the fibre protein with a range of cellular receptors, which include the major histocompatibility
complex (MHC) class1 molecule and the coxsackie
and adenovirus receptor CAR (Bergelson et al.,
1997). The CAR is a plasma membrane protein of
46 kDa belonging to the immunoglobulin family
Viral Therapy of Cancer Edited by Kevin J. Harrington, Richard G. Vile and Hardev S. Pandha
# 2008 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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Table 1.1
CH1 ADENOVIRUSES
Adenoviral serotypes
Group
Serotypes
A
B
C
D
12, 18, 31
3, 7, 11, 14, 16, 21, 34, 35, 50
1, 2, 5, 6
8–10, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22–30, 32, 33,
36–39, 42–49, 51
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40, 41
E
F
(Tomko et al., 1997). Some cell types, such as those
of haematopoietic origin, do not express CAR on
their cell surface and appear to be refractory to
adenoviral infection (Mentel et al., 1997) suggesting that receptor recognition is one of the key
factors in determining cell tropism. After initial
interaction between the fibre knob and CAR the
penton base protein then binds to the avb3 integrin
family of cell surface heterodimers allowing inter-
nalization via receptor mediated endocytosis
(Wickham et al., 1993). Penetration into the cell
involves phagocytosis into phagocytic vesicles,
after which the toxic activity of the pentons ruptures
the phagocytic vacuoles and releases the vesicles
into the cytoplasm. Release of the virus into the
cytoplasm is accompanied by a stepwise dismantling of the capsid by proteolysis of protein VI
(Greber et al., 1996). The partially dismantled
viral particle is then delivered to the nucleus via
microtubulin-assisted transport where the coreprotein coated viral genome enters in through the
nuclear pores.
Transcription of the adenoviral genome occurs
in both early and late phases which occur before
and after viral DNA replication respectively. A
complex series of splicing events produces four
early ‘cassettes’ of gene transcription termed E1,
E2, E3 and E4 (Figure 1.2). The E1 proteins are
divided into E1A and E1B. E1A is the first gene to
CAPSID
Fibre
CORE
Penton
base (III)
DNA
Hexon
V
VIII
VII
IIIa
mu
VI
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Figure 1.1
Structure of adenoviral capsid
1.2 VIRAL STRUCTURE AND LIFE CYCLE
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Figure 1.2 Schematic of adenoviral genome and adenoviral vectors. E1A must be removed to prevent recombinant
virus from replicating. ITR, inverted terminal repeats
be expressed (Frisch and Mymryk, 2002) It
encodes a transactivator for the transcription of
the other early genes E1B, E2A, E2B, E3 and E4
but is primarily involved in many pathways to
modulate cellular metabolism and make it more
susceptible to viral replication (Table 1.2). E1A
proteins interfere with cell division and regulation
via direct and indirect action on a number of
cellular proteins. For example E1A binds to the
RB protein preventing it from binding to the
transcription factor E2F. As a result E2F is transcriptionally active and can thus stimulate DNA
synthesis. Also E1A maintains the stability of p53
via a variety of proteins and pathways including
Mdm4, UBC9 and Sug1 (Table 1.2). E1A can
directly bind and inhibit components involved in
cell cycle control such as the cyclin dependent
kinase inhibitor p21 (Chattopadhyay et al., 2001).
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Table 1.2
CH1 ADENOVIRUSES
Some properties of E1A proteins
Property
Reference
Bind to p21 and related CDK inhibitors thereby stimulating
cell division and growth
Bind to cyclins A and E-CDK complexes, which regulate
passage to cell DNA synthesis
Bind to the p300/CBP family of transactivators, which play a key role
in regulating the transcription of many components of the cell cycle
Binds to Rb and releases E2F- vital for synthesis of S-phase
components as well as activation of E2 gene.
Interacts with multiprotein complex Sur-2, thereby
stimulating the transcription of virus genes
Binds to the TATA-box binding protein to regulate transcription
Induction of apoptosis via release of E2F which leads to increase
in p53 and p19arf levels.
Stabilises p53 via interaction with Sug1 a subunit of the proteasome
complex that is required for proteolysis of p53
Targets Mdm4 to stabilize tumour suppressor p53
Activates transcription of p73 and Noxa to induce apoptosis.
Activates apoptosis by sensitizing cells to ionizing radiation,
DNA damage, TNF and Fas ligand. Mediated by inhibiting the IkB
kinases, which are critical for release of NFkB to nucleus and
requires binding of E1A to P300/CBP
Binds to UBC9, a protein involved in the SUMO enzymatic pathway.
Binding to E1A may interfere with SUMO modification of cellular
proteins such as p53 and pRb
Chattopadhyay et al., 2001
Faha et al., 1993
Chakravati et al., 1999
Brehm et al., 1998
Stevens et al., 2002
Mazzarelli et al., 1997
Hale and Braithwaite, 1999
Grand et al., 1999
Li et al., 2004
Flinterman et al., 2005
Shisler et al., 1996
Desterro et al. 1999,
Ledl et al. 2005
NFkB, nuclear factor kB.
It can also interact with a number of host factors
involved in mediating chromatin structure including p400 (Fuchs et al., 2001) and the histone
acetyl transferases p300, pCAF and TRRAP/
GCN5 (Lang and Hearing, 2003). Other early
gene products are also involved in making the
cell more refractory to viral replication. The E1B
19K protein is analogous to the Bcl-2 gene product
and is concerned with increasing cell survival and
ablating members of the Bax family which induce
apoptosis (Han et al., 1996). A second 55 kDa
protein product of the E1B gene has been shown to
interact with p53 reducing its transcription. The
E1b protein has also been shown to block host
mRNA transport to the cytoplasm (Pilder et al.,
1986). The E2 gene encodes proteins required for
viral DNA replication, i.e. DNA polymerase,
DNA-binding protein and the precursor of the
terminal protein (de Jong et al., 2003). Despite
replicating in the nucleus the adenovirus need its
own enzymatic machinery because of its complex
chromosomal structure. The genome lacks telomeres and so the integrity of the ends of the DNA
is maintained by a viral preterminal protein which
is covalently linked to the 50 end and acts as a
primer for the viral DNA polymerase. The E3
genes encode a variety of transcripts involved in
subverting the host defence mechanism (Wold and
Chinnadurai, 2000). The E3-gp19K protein acts to
prevent presentation of viral antigens by MHC
class I pathway and therefore blocks cell lysis by
cytotoxic T cells (Bennett et al., 1999). One E3
protein is termed the adenovirus death protein
(ADP) as it facilitates late cytolysis of the infected
cell and thereby releases progeny virus more efficiently (Tollefson et al., 1996a). The E4 proteins
1.3
ADENOVIRAL VECTORS
mainly facilitate virus mRNA metabolism and
promote virus DNA replication and shut off of
host protein synthesis (Halbert et al., 1985).
Replication of the viral genome starts about
5–6 h after infection and is dependant on the inverted
terminal repeats (ITRs) which act as the origins of
replication. Adenovirus DNA replication has been
studied extensively both in vivo (t.s. mutants in
infected cells) and in vitro (nuclear extracts). At
least three virus-encoded proteins are known to be
involved in DNA replication: TP acts as a primer for
initiation of synthesis. Ad DBP – a DNA-binding
protein and Ad DNA Pol – 140 kDa DNA-dependent
polymerase. The onset of DNA replication signals
the pattern of transcription changes from early to
late genes and only newly replicated DNA is used for
late gene transcription. Late phase transcription is
driven primarily through the major late promoter
with five transcripts resulting from a complex series
of splicing events. These transcripts are mainly used
for the production of viral structural proteins.
Encapsidation of the virus depends on the presence
of a packaging signal near the 50 end of the genome
consisting of an AT-rich sequence. Intranuclear
virion assembly starts about 8 h after infection
and leads to the production of 104 to 105 progeny
particles per cell, which can be released after
final proteolytic maturation by cell lysis 30–40 h
post-infection, completing the viral life cycle
(Shenk, 1996).
1.3 Adenoviral vectors
Adenoviral vectors are attractive reagents for gene
therapy because of their ability to transduce genes
into a broad range of cells, and to infect both
dividing and non-dividing cells (McConnell and
Imperiale, 2004). Adenoviral vectors can accommodate large segments of DNA (up to 7.5 kb) and
the viral genome rarely undergoes rearrangement
meaning that inserted genes are maintained without
change during virus replication. In addition, adenoviruses replicate episomally and do not insert their
genome into that of the host cell ensuring less
disruption of vital cellular genes and processes
and reduced risk of insertional mutagenesis. This
can, however, be a limitation in that transient
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expression of the therapeutic gene may be inadequate to treat chronic conditions such as cystic
fibrosis. However, for situations in which shortterm activity of the gene is needed, such as expression of suicide genes selectively in tumour cells,
these viruses are suitable vectors. The adenoviral
genes can be separated into two groups; the cisgenes, such as those responsible for the packaging
signal, which must be carried by the virus itself, and
the trans-genes which can generally be complemented and therefore replaced with ‘foreign’ DNA.
The first generation of adenoviral vectors were used
for the delivery of genes in monogenic disorders
(Figure 1.2a). In these vectors the E1 region was
removed to inhibit viral replication and make way
for the therapeutic gene. Many of the first generation vectors also contained a deletion in the E3
region in order to allow for even greater transgenes
to be incorporated. The E3 genes are dispensable
for virus growth in vitro but some data suggests that
E3 genes in vectors may be beneficial in vivo due to
their ability to dampen the immune response
(Bruder et al., 1997). However, despite the removal
of these regions of the viral genome there was still
low-level transcription of viral genes, which led to a
host cellular immune response and a reduction in
the period of gene expression due to cell-mediated
destruction of the transduced cells (Kay et al., 1995;
Yang et al., 1995). In addition these types of vectors
allowed the generation of E1 containing replication
competent adenovirus (RCA) due to homologous
recombination in 293 cells which further enhanced
the adverse effects (Lochmuller et al., 1994). In
order to address these problems homologies
between the vectors and the complementing cell
lines have been reduced. Second generation adenoviral vectors have further deletions in E2a, E2b or
E4 and have reduced immunogenicity and RCA
generation (Figure 1.2b). Despite these improvements the complementing cell lines are difficult to
engineer, can be difficult to grow and can lead to
poor viral titers (Lusky et al., 1998). As a result a
third generation of adenoviral or gutless vectors
have been created (Parks et al., 1996) (Figure 1.2c).
These have all of the viral genes deleted (except for
the packaging signal) and replaced with the therapeutic gene of interest. They are therefore free
from problems associated with immunogenicity
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CH1 ADENOVIRUSES
and demonstrate long-term transgene expression.
They are generated with a helper virus, which
contains all of the genes necessary for viral replication but which contains a deletion in the packaging
signal to ensure that it is not incorporated into the
final vector. These vectors are still undergoing
development in order to improve their purity and
large-scale manufacture (Wu and Attai, 2000).
1.4 Targeting adenoviral vectors
Despite the fact that adenoviral vectors have many
advantages over other gene transfer vehicles there
are some problems associated with their use. The
broad tropism of adenoviral vectors as well as being
an advantage also represents an important limitation for their use in therapeutic applications. Animal studies have shown that adenoviral vectors do
not remain confined to one compartment and are
able to disseminate to distal sites with toxic effects
that are most notable in the liver (Wang et al., 2003;
Yee et al., 1996). This also restricts the systemic
administration of the vectors due to the potential for
toxicity in normal tissues (Brand et al., 1997). In
addition, important target tissues are often refractory to adenoviral infection leading to administration of increased doses of vector in an attempt to
improve gene transfer. This in turn often leads to
increased toxicity and enhanced humoral and cellular immune responses. Clearly there is a requirement for targeted adenoviral vectors in clinical
applications in order to allow for systemic administration and the use of reduced vector doses, which
will in turn reduce inflammatory, and immune
responses (Mizuguchi and Hayakawa, 2004). Two
main approaches have been taken in order to target
expression of the therapeutic gene to the required
tissue/tumour: (1) transductional targeting and
(2) transcriptional targeting.
1.4.1
Transductional targeting of adenoviral
vectors
The identification of the route by which human
cells uptake adenovirus was an important step
towards retargeting adenoviral vectors to different
cell types, also known as transductional targeting.
The adenovirus fibre knob anchors onto the sur-
face of the target cell by means of the CAR and
interaction of the capsid penton protein with
integrins avb3 and avb5 on the surface of target
cells allows internalization (Bergelson et al., 1997;
Wickham et al., 1993). Most immortalized tumour
cell lines express CAR and are therefore easily
transduced by adenoviral vectors. However, certain studies have demonstrated that 50 per cent of
primary epithelial cancers do not express CAR
(Kasono et al., 1999; Vanderkwaak et al., 1999).
This may account for some of the limited success
with past clinical trials using adenoviral vectors.
Transductional targeting may improve transfer of
genes to particular cancer types, such as glioma,
and in addition retargeting adenoviral vectors will
permit the treatment of haematological malignancies because haematopoietic stem cells are known
to lack CAR (Huang et al., 1996).
There are many reports of retargeting of adenoviral vectors to tumour cells via the use of antibodies directed towards specific antigens on the
surface of a particular tumour type (Barnett et al.,
2002). One group used a neutralizing anti-fibre
antibody conjugated to an antibody directed against
the epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EGP-2),
which is highly expressed on the surface of a
range of adenocarcinomas from the stomach, oesophagus, breast, ovary, colon and lung and its
expression is limited in normal tissue. In this
study the adenovirus specifically infected cancer
cell lines expressing EGP-2 whilst gene transfer
was dramatically reduced in EGP-2-negative cell
lines. A recent study combines genetic ablation of
native adenoviral tropism with redirection of viral
binding to melanoma cells via a bispecific adaptor
molecule (Nettelbeck et al., 2004). This molecule
consists of a bacterially expressed single chain
diabody, scDb MelAd that binds to both the adenoviral fibre knob and to the high molecular weight
melanoma associated antigen (HMWMAA), which
is widely expressed on the surface of melanoma
cells. This retargeting strategy mediated up to a
54-fold increase in adenoviral gene transfer to
CAR-negative melanoma cells compared to a vector with native tropism.
Further targeting has been achieved by altering
the structure of the fibre knob itself by inserting
an arginine-glycine-aspartate (RGD) tripepetide
1.6 ADENOVIRAL VECTORS FOR IMMUNOTHERAPY
(Buskens et al., 2003). Four oesophageal carcinoma cell lines and ten fresh surgical resection
specimens were cultured and infected with either
native adenovirus or retargeted adenovirus expressing the luciferase gene or green fluorescent protein to analyse gene transfer efficiencies. In both
the cell lines and the primary cells more efficient
gene transfer was seen with the retargeted virus.
This phenomenon was less pronounced in normal
cells.
1.4.2
Transcriptional targeting of adenoviral
vectors
The targeting of gene expression to specific cell
types/tissues can be achieved through the use of
tumour or tissue specific promoters. This approach
has been adopted in a range of studies targeting
gene expression to tumours (Rots et al., 2003;
Haviv and Curiel, 2001). A recent study identified
the cyclooxygenase-2 (cox-2) gene as a potential
new target for melanoma gene therapy (Nettelbeck
et al., 2003). An adenoviral vector was constructed
in which the cox-2 promoter drove the expression
of a luciferase reporter gene. Melanoma cell lines,
primary melanoma cells and normal melanocytes
were infected with this novel vector. The results
demonstrated activity of the cox-2 promoter in the
melanoma cell lines and primary melanoma cells
but not in non-malignant primary epidermal melanocytes. Several approaches have also considered
the use of two different tumour specific promoters
within the same vector in order to achieve a further
degree of specificity. The second promoter is normally one that is a more general promoter which
shows activity in a broad range of tumours such as
the telomerase reverse transcriptase promoter.
In suicide gene therapy for cancer (discussed
later) targeting is paramount to prevent unwanted
toxicity. For example, the product of the thymidine
kinase gene itself, without addition of the prodrug
ganciclovir, has been shown to cause liver toxicity
when under the control of the cytomegalovirus
promoter (Yamamoto et al., 2001). Several groups
have therefore engineered adenoviral vectors to
contain tissue/tumour specific regulatory elements
in order to avoid these problems and target toxicity
specifically to the transduced cells. One study used
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the prostate specific antigen promoter to target
expression of HSV-TK to benign prostatic hyperplasia (Park et al., 2003). This approach induced
highly selective and definite ablation of epithelial
cells in benign canine prostate.
Both transcriptional and transductional targeting
have improved the efficacy of adenoviral vectors
significantly. Some groups are now investigating
the possibilities of combining these two approaches
to further improve the specificity of adenoviral
vectors. For example a combination of the tissuespecific SLP1 promoter and the ovarian cancer
associated targeting adaptor protein, sCARfC6.5,
which contains the CAR ectodomain and a singlechain antibody specific for c-erbB-2, increased the
efficacy and specificity of adenoviral gene therapy
for ovarian carcinoma (Barker et al., 2003.
1.5
Clinical applications of adenoviral
gene therapy
Advances in adenoviral vector technology have
meant that there are now 140 clinical trials worldwide currently being conducted on various cancers using adenoviral vectors (Journal of Gene
Medicine www.wiley.co.uk/wileychi/genemed).
Table 1.3 gives details of seventeen completed
gene therapy trials for cancer using adenoviral
vectors. All of theses were phase I studies to test
toxicity. Table 1.4 indicates some of the ongoing
clinical phase II trials. Several approaches have
been used to destroy the target tumour cells:
1.6
Adenoviral vectors
for immunotherapy
T lymphocytes play a crucial role in the host’s
immune response to cancer. Although there
is ample evidence for the presence of tumourassociated antigens on a variety of tumours, they
are often unable to elicit an adequate antitumour
response. Our increasing knowledge of the cellular interactions required to induce a specific antitumour response has led to the development of
cancer vaccines which prime the host response
and induce or enhance T-cell reactivity against
tumour antigens. Gene-based strategies for
Table 1.3
A selection of completed phase I clinical trials using adenoviral vectors for the treatment of cancer
Investigator
Country
Stewart
Tursz
Tursz
Eck
Reid
Roth
Belani
Belldegrun
Hasenburg
Kauczor
Fujiwara
Boulay
–
Albertini
Lafollette
Lafollette
Stewart
Canada
France
France
USA
USA
USA
USA
USA
Germany
Germany
Japan
Switzerland
Switzerland
UK
UK
UK
UK
Cancer
Gene
No. of patients
Reference
Breast, melanoma
Non-small cell lung carcinoma
Non small cell lung carcinoma
CNS
Anaplastic thyroid cancer
Non-small cell lung carcinoma
Hepatocellular carcinoma
Prostate
Ovarian
Non-small cell lung carcinoma
Non-small cell lung carcinoma
Non small cell lung carcinoma
Metastases from solid tumours
Melanoma
Head and neck carcinoma
Ovarian
Gastrointestinal cancer
IL-2
Il-2
Beta-gal
HSV-TK
p53
p53
p53
p53
HSV-tk
p53
p53
p53
IFNg
IFNg
E1b del.
E1b del.
p53
23
21
21
N/C
N/C
N/C
N/C
N/C
10
6
Stewart et al., 1999
Griscelli et al., 2003
Griscelli et al., 2003
N/C
N/C
N/C
N/C
N/C
Hasenburg et al., 2002
Kauczor et al., 1999
Fujiwara et al., 1999
N/C
N/C
N/C
N/C
Vasey et al., 2002
N/C
N/C ¼ not stated.
Source: Journal of Gene Medicine website (http:www.wiley.co.uk/wileychi/genmed)
N/C
N/C
N/C
N/C
16
N/C
Table 1.4
A selection of ongoing phase I and II clinical trials with adenoviral vectors for the treatment of cancer
Principal
Investigator
Country
DeWeese
Small
Yoo
USA
USA
USA
Cristofanilli
USA
Schuler
Germany
N/C
Germany
Gutierrez
Senzer
Mexico
USA
Senzer
Ross
USA
USA
Kim
Hodi
Cancer targeted
Prostate
Prostate
Squamous head
and neck carcinoma
Breast
Gene
Action of gene
Combination
Year
approved
Route
of administration
CV7606
CV787
p53
Prostate-specific oncolysis
Prostate-specific oncolysis
Tumour suppressor
Radiotherapy
Docetaxel
Chemo
2001
2001
2001
Intraprostatic
Intravenous
Intratumoral
p53
Tumour suppressor
2001
Intratumoral
Non-small cell
lung carcinoma
Ovarian and
tubal cancer
Cervical
Pancreatic
p53
Tumour suppressor
Docetaxal þ
Doxorubicin
Chemo
N/C
N/C
N/C
N/C
TNF
N/C
Cytokine
–
2002
N/C
Intratumoral
TNF
GM-CSF
Cytokine
Cytokine
2002
2003
Intratumoral
Intradermal
USA
USA
Oesophagus
Non-small cell
lung carcinoma
Melanoma
Melanoma
N/C
Chemo and
radiotherapy
Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy
MDA-7
GM-CSF
Tumour suppressor
Cytokine
–
–
2003
2003
Libutti
USA
Colorectal
TNF
Cytokine
2003
Davies
USA
GM-CSF
Cytokine
2003
Intradermal
Deisseroth I
Deisseroth I
ReidI
USA
USA
USA
MUC1CD154
MUC1CD154
IFN-b
Antigen
Antigen
Cytokine
–
–
–
2004
2004
2004
Subcutaneous
Subcutaneous
Intravenous
Dinney I
Fisher I
USA
USA
IFN-a-2b
HSV-TK
Cytokine
Marker
–
Chemoradiation
2005
2005
Intravesical
Intratumoral
Kim I
USA
Non-small cell
lung carcinoma,
bronchioalveolar
carcinoma
Breast
Prostate
Colorectal with
liver metastasis
Bladder
Pancreatic
Adenocarcinoma
Prostate
Chemo- and
radiotherapy
–
Intratumoral
Intratumoral and
subcutaneous
Intratumoral
NIS
–
-
2005
Intratumoral
CV7606 and CV787, promoter and enhancer of PSA. N/C, not specified. MDA-7, Melanoma differentiation associated protein 7; IFN, interferon.
Source: Journal of Gene Medicine website (http:www.wiley.co.uk/wileychi/genmed)
2001 Schiller N/C
et al.
–
N/C
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immunotherapy of cancer include: ex vivo transduction of cytokine genes into tumour cells, direct
transfer of cytokine genes into tumour cells or the
transfer of tumour antigens or cytokine genes into
dendritic cells.
Several clinical trials, both completed and
ongoing, have involved the use of adenoviral
vectors to transfer genes directly into the tumour
(Tables 1.3 and 1.4). Stewart et al. (1999) conducted a phase I trial in which an E1, E3-deleted
adenovirus encoding interleukin-2 (AdCAIL-2)
was directly injected into subcutaneous deposits
of melanoma or breast cancer. Twenty-three
patients were injected at seven dose levels
(107–1010 plaque-forming units, p.f.u). The side
effects noted were minor and included local
inflammation at the site of injection in 60 per
cent of patients. Post-injection biopsies demonstrated tumour necrosis and lymphocytic infiltration with the predominant tumour-infiltrating cells
being CD3- and CD8-positive. Vector derived
sequences were detected in 14 of 18 biopsies
examined 7 days after injection and vector derived
interleukin-2 (IL-2) mRNA was detected in 80 per
cent of 7-day biopsies from tumours injected with
108 p.f.u. of AdCAIL-2 or higher. IL-2 was
detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay
in the tumour biopsies at 48 h but no protein was
detected after 7 days. No vector sequences were
detected before or after injection indicating the
absence of replication competent virus. This trial
concluded that this adenoviral vector was safe for
delivery into humans and demonstrated successful
transgene expression even in the face of preexisting immunity to adenovirus.
A second approach involved transducing autologous tumour cells ex vivo with granulocyte–
macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF).
One phase I study carried out by Soiffer et al.
(2003) tested the biologic activity of vaccination
with irradiated, autologous melanoma cells engineered to secrete GM-CSF by adenoviral mediated
gene transfer. Excised metastases were processed to
single cells and transduced with adenoviral vector
expressing GM-CSF, irradiated and then cryopreserved. For each autologous vaccine the average
GM-CSF secretion was 745 ng/106 cells/24 h.
Toxicity was restricted to grade 1 or 2 local skin
reactions Vaccination elicited dense dendritic cell,
macrophage, granulocyte, and lymphocyte infiltrates at injection sites in 19 of 26 assessable
patients. Immunization stimulated the development
of delayed-type hypersensitivity reactions to irradiated, dissociated, autologous, non-transduced
tumour cells in 17 of 25 patients. Metastatic lesions
that were resected after vaccination showed brisk or
focal T-lymphocyte and plasma cell infiltrates with
tumour necrosis in 10 of 16 patients. One complete,
one partial, and one mixed response were noted.
Ten patients (29 per cent) are alive, with a minimum
follow-up of 36 months; four of these patients have
no evidence of disease. It was concluded that
vaccination with irradiated, autologous melanoma
cells engineered to secrete GM-CSF by adenoviralmediated gene transfer augments antitumour immunity in patients with metastatic melanoma.
1.7
Adenoviral vectors for suicide
gene therapy
Conventional chemotherapeutic approaches to the
treatment of cancer are non-selective and therefore
cause toxicity in normal tissue as well as malignant
tissue. Suicide gene therapy aims to achieve a
high degree of selectivity through the use of genedirected enzyme prodrug therapy (GDEPT) or
GPAT (genetic prodrug activation therapy)
(Niculescu-Duvaz et al., 1998; Springer and
Niculescu-Duvaz, 2000). This therapy involves a
two-step treatment for solid tumours. First, a gene
encoding a foreign enzyme is delivered to the
tumour for expression. An inactive prodrug is
then administered which becomes activated into a
cytotoxic drug on encountering the foreign enzyme.
As expression of the activating enzyme will not
occur in every cell it is beneficial for the cytotoxic
drug to exhibit a bystander effect, whereby it leaks
out of the tumour cells to surrounding tumour cells
not expressing the enzyme.
Studies using animal models have shown that
adenoviral delivery of the herpes simplex virus
thymidine kinase (HSV-tk) gene, which activates
the prodrug ganciclovir, was one of the most successful approaches in treating experimental brain
tumours (Chen et al., 1994; Lanuti et al., 1999).
1.8
ADENOVIRAL VECTORS FOR GENE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
There are several clinical trials which have tested the
efficacy of suicide gene therapy in patients
(Table 1.3). A recent phase I trial studied the adenoviral delivery of the HSV-tk gene together with
administration of ganciclovir into 13 patients with
advanced recurrent malignant brain tumours (Trask
et al., 2000). The study’s main objective was to
determine the safety of the treatment. Patients were
injected intratumorally with a replication defective
adenoviral vector expressing HSV-tk from the Rous
sarcoma promoter (Adv.RSVtk). Vector concentrations used were either 2 109, 2 1010, 2 1011 or
2 1012 virus particles per injection, followed by
ganciclovir treatment. Patients tolerated doses of 2 1011 vector particles and below but patients treated
with 2 1012 vector particles exhibited central
nervous system toxicity with confusion, hyponatremia and seizures. One patient was still alive 29.2
months after the treatment. Two patients survived for
greater than 25 months before succumbing to tumour
progression. However, 10 patients died within 10
months of treatment, 9 from tumour progression
and 1 with sepsis and endocarditis. A study carried
out by Shalev et al (2000) found no toxicity after
direct and repeated injection into the prostate of a
replication defective adenovirus containing HSV-tk
followed by ganciclovir. However, unlike the previous study the total amount of virus administered
was 1 1010 IU in either one injection or as repeated
injections with less virus.
1.8 Adenoviral vectors for gene
replacement therapy
The role of p53 as a central mediator of the damage
and cellular stress responses in the cell is well
established (Fridman and Lowe, 2003). One of the
most important functions of p53 is its ability to
activate apoptosis on encountering DNA damage.
Therefore disruption of this vital gene promotes
tumour progression and desensitizes the tumour to
both chemo- and radiotherapy (El-Deiry, 2003).
The p53 gene is mutated in most human cancers
and therefore represents an ideal target for gene
replacement therapy. Preclinical studies have
demonstrated that transient expression of a single
potent tumour suppressor gene such as p53 is
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sufficient to mediate a therapeutic effect. Indeed,
the transfer of a functional copy of the p53 gene
into tumour cells is one of the most common
strategies currently being evaluated in clinical trials
using adenoviral vectors and is the predominant
target in current phase III trials.
In a phase I trial conducted by Roth et al. (1998)
administration of an adenoviral p53 vector (Adp53)
to 21 patients with advanced non-small cell lung
cancer resulted in little toxicity. The patients were
given up to six intratumoral injections at monthly
intervals which were well tolerated. Expression of
the p53 gene was observed together with potentially
useful clinical responses. Another phase I trial was
conducted with an adenoviral vector expressing p53
(INGN201) in combination with cisplatin for the
treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (Nemunaitis et al., 2000b). Twenty-four patients (median age
64 years) received a total of 83 intratumoral
injections with Adp53. The maximum dose administered was 1 1011 p.f.u. per dose. Transient
fever related to Adp53 injection developed in eight
patients. Seventeen patients achieved a best clinical
response of stable disease, two patients achieved a
partial response, four patients had progressive disease and one patient was not assessable. A phase II
study evaluated the effect of INGN201 plus radiation on non-small cell lung carcinoma patients
(Swisher et al., 2003). Nineteen patients with non
metastatic non-small cell lung cancer were treated
with radiation therapy to 60 Gy over 6 weeks
together with three intratumoral injections of Adp53 (INGN201). The most common adverse side
effects were grade 1 or 2 fevers (79 per cent) and
chills (53 per cent). Computed tomography and
bronchoscopic findings at the primary injected
tumour revealed complete response (1 of 19, 16
per cent), partial response (11 of 19, 58 per cent),
stable disease (3 of 19, 16 per cent), progressive
diseases (2of 19, 11 per cent) and not evaluable (2
of 19, 11 per cent). It seems that tumour cells
expressing a functional p53 are more sensitive to
chemotherapy and radiation than those lacking the
gene. This heightened sensitivity is likely due to the
ability of cells containing a functional p53 to
undergo apoptosis more readily (Lowe 1997). The
synergy between chemotherapy and radiation and
gene therapy is also likely due to the fact that
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chemotherapy enhances expression of transgenes
from adenoviral vectors with a wide range of
promoters whilst radiation has been shown to
improve transduction and duration of transgene
expression (Stevens et al., 1996). In addition to
non-small cell lung cancer, clinical studies using
INGN201 have been initiated in seven other tumour
types (Table 1.4; Merritt et al., 2001). Over 500
patients have been evaluated in these studies with
seven different routes of administration. INGN201
has been well tolerated in all phase I and II studies
completed by 2001. The majority of these patients
received multiple intratumoral injections up to a
dose of 2 1012 viral particles per injection which
is the dose now being used in phase III studies. No
toxic deaths were observed and the only adverse
effects observed were fever in 60 per cent of
patients and pain at the site of injection. Phase III
trials are now underway using INGN201 with
chemotherapy for the treatment of head and neck
cancers and INGN201 together with chemoradiation therapy for non-small cell lung cancer with the
primary goals being tumour free survival or at least
tumour control with an impact on overall survival.
1.9 Oncolytic adenoviral therapy
Replication-selective oncolytic viruses (virotherapy) represent a novel and unique approach to the
treatment of cancer (Wildner, 2003). Lytic viruses
have evolved to infect cells, replicate, induce cell
death, release viral particles and spread to surrounding tissue. Selective replication of the viruses within
tumour tissue could increase the therapeutic index
of these agents dramatically. In addition the fact
that oncolytic viruses do not always induce cell
death via classical apoptotic pathways makes the
likelihood of cross-resistance with standard regimens such as chemo- or radiotherapy much less
likely. Over the past decade advances in molecular
biology have engineered these viruses to enhance
their safety and antitumour potency.
Adenoviruses mediate cell death via several
mechanisms. Viral proteins expressed late in the
course of the viral lifecycle are directly cytotoxic.
These include the E3 11.6 kDa adenovirus death
protein (Tollefson et al., 1996b) and E4ORF4
(Branton and Roopchand, 2001). Deletion of
these gene products results in a significant delay
in cell death. Expression of the E1A protein early
in the adenovirus lifecycle makes the cells more
refractory to killing via tumour necrosis factor
(TNF). This effect is inhibited by the E3 proteins
10.4, 14.5 and 14.7. Deletion of these three E3
proteins leads to an increased TNF expression
in vivo and enhanced cell sensitivity to TNF
(Sparer et al., 1996).
There are currently two main approaches to
achieving tumour selective adenoviral replication.
The first is via the use of tumour specific promoters, which are used to drive the expression of the
E1A gene in tumour cells alone. E1A functions to
stimulate S phase and to stimulate both viral and
cellular genes that are critical for efficient viral
replication (Whyte et al., 1988). This approach has
been studied in a phase I clinical trial which used
the PSA promoter to drive the expression of the
E1A gene in patients with locally-recurrent prostate carcinoma. This virus was termed CN706
(Calydon Pharmaceuticals, CA, USA) and was
injected directly into the tumour. Similar
approaches have been used by other groups to
achieve selective replication in other tumour
types including using the promoters from alphafetoprotein, carcinoembryonic antigen and MUC-1
(Hallenbeck et al., 1999; Kurihara et al., 2000)
One of the first clinical trials demonstrating
antitumour efficacy in a specific cancer used a
replication-conditional adenovirus. This virus,
dl1520 also known as ONYX-015, is defective in
the early regulator protein E1B which binds to
and inactivates p53 to promote its own activation
(Barker et al., 2003). In normal cells p53 inactivates
adenoviral replication but the exact mechanism by
which it does this is still not clear. This mutated
virus can infect and replicate in cells defective in
p53 as well as cells with loss of p14ARF function
(a protein that can mediate apoptosis by activation
of p53). However, it cannot replicate in normal cells
carrying wild-type p53 and an intact p53 pathway
(Vollmer et al., 1999; Lowe 1997). To date phase I
and II trials have been conducted with virus alone
or in combination with chemotherapy. dl1520 has
been well tolerated at the highest practical doses
that could be administered (2 1012–2 1013
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SUMMARY
particles) by intratumoral, intraperitoneal, intraarterial and intravenous routes. Flu-like symptoms
were the most common toxicities and were
increased in patients receiving intravascular treatment (Ganly et al., 2000). Two phase II trials
enrolled a total of 40 patients with head and neck
cancer (Nemunaitis et al., 2000a). Despite a fairly
aggressive injection regimen of six to eight daily
needle passes for 5 consecutive days no objective
responses were documented. Similarly no objective
responses were noted in phase I or I/II trials in
patients with pancreatic, colorectal or ovarian carcinomas (Mulvihill et al., 2001). As a result combinations with chemotherapy were explored.
Evidence for a potentially-synergistic interaction
between oncolytic adenoviral therapy and chemotherapy has been obtained in multiple trials.
Encouraging clinical data has been achieved in
patients with recurrent head and neck cancer treated
with intratumoral ONXY-015 in combination with
cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil (Khuri et al., 2000). Out
of 30 patients treated an objective response (at least
50 per cent reduction in tumour size) was observed
in 19 patients and a complete response was seen in 8
patients. Tumours as large as 10 cm regressed
completely and none of the tumours that responded
had progressed after a mean follow up of 5 months.
Another phase I/II study used ONYX-015 in combination with fluorouracil to treat unresectable
primary and secondary liver tumors. However
only limited clinical response was seen (Habib
et al., 2000). One reason why the ONYX-015
vector has limited efficacy in some studies could
be the lack of the CAR on the surface of target
tumour cells preventing intratumoral spread
(Douglas et al., 2001).
replication defective adenovirus expressing the
ornithine–cytosine transferase enzyme was administered through the hepatic artery. However,
the viral titre used was very high (1 1014
virus particles per kg) and this led to systemic
activation of the innate immune response mediated
by antigen-presenting cells and macrophages leading to the release of cytokines. The patient developed a fever within 2 h, which was quickly
followed by signs of liver dysfunction. Ammonia
accumulated in the blood, followed by multi-organ
failure and adult respiratory distress syndrome.
This incident was the first death in 10 years of
gene therapy clinical trials involving more than
3500 patients but still led many people to question
the safety of gene therapy and prompted further
considerations of treatment strategies. One of the
very important aspects of adenoviral production,
which is often underestimated, is virus quantitation. This is even more important in the case of
products with an end use in clinical applications.
There are currently several methods by which
adenovirus can be quantitated. These include the
measure of total viral particles, the measure of
infectious units or titre and the measure of replication competent adenovirus by plaque assay to
give p.f.u.. It is important that in addition to p.f.
u. virus is measured in viral load which is 10 to
100 times higher. For example, 1 1011 p.f.u./kg
is equivalent to 1 1014 viral particles/kg. As a
consequence NIH and FDA are providing new
guidelines and regulations. Vector manufacturing
and clinical gene therapy protocols will have to
meet new standards to improve the quality and
safety of clinical trials (FDA/CBER March 6,
2000 letter: www.fda.gov/cber/ltr/gt030600.htm).
1.10 Adverse outcomes of adenoviral
gene therapy
1.11
To date clinical studies using adenoviral vectors
have been associated with little toxicity and few
serious side effects. However, in September 1999
an 18-year-old patient at the University of Pennsylvania with ornithine–cytosine transferase deficiency died as a direct consequence of adenoviral
gene therapy (Lehrman, 1999). A first-generation
Summary
To date adenoviral vectors remain the gene transfer vehicles of choice. They are easy to manipulate, infect a broad range of human cells and are
highly efficient in gene transfer compared to other
vectors. Phase I clinical trials have demonstrated
little toxicity and shown the approach to be
generally safe. However, clinical efficacy has
only so far been shown with replication competent
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adenoviruses. We therefore await the results of
current phase III trials. Despite major advances in
the field in the last 10 years there is still room for
improvement. In addition to improving selective
targeting and reducing immune stimulation the
large scale production of adenoviral vectors for
clinical trials is an area that also requires further
research (Nadeau and Kamen, 2003). Areas
include optimizing production conditions (suspension cultures seem to be preferred to adherent
cultures), use of serum-free medium and accurate
quantitation of viral particles will all improve the
quality of the vectors used. If these problems are
addressed and accurate and efficient clinical trials
are conducted then adenoviral gene therapy for
cancer represents a promising alternative to current treatment regimens.
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Application of HSV-1 Vectors
to the Treatment of Cancer
Paola Grandi, Kiflai Bein, Costas G. Hadjipanayis, Darren Wolfe, Xandra
O. Breakefield and Joseph C. Glorioso
2.1 Introduction
2.2
Cancer remains one of the most important problems in human health. Advances in understanding the molecular bases of cancer and methods for
early detection have greatly enhanced opportunities for therapeutic intervention. While some
human tumours are now effectively treated by
anti-cancer drugs, radiation and/or surgical methods, many tumour types remain unresponsive.
Gene therapy should contribute to improved outcomes. Viruses deliver genes efficiently and considerable efforts have gone into the development
of safe and effective viral vectors potentially
useful as ‘anti-cancer drugs’. Among these vectors, herpes simplex virus (HSV) has a number of
biological features that support its utility for cancer treatment. Although significant hurdles
remain, encouraging results from early phase clinical trials using HSV vectors suggest that advances
in vector design and methods of delivery will
likely provide effective therapies for certain
tumour types, especially when applied in combination with currently available treatment modalities. In this review the salient features of HSV
biology related to vector engineering and strategies for their use in anti-cancer therapy are
described.
2.2.1
Basic biology of HSV
Introduction
HSV is a neurotropic virus that naturally occurs in
humans. Nevertheless, the virus has a very broad
host range and a large number of diverse animal
species are susceptible to infection. This feature
has allowed the development of animal models of
human disease that can be tested for treatment
using HSV vectors. There are two serotypes of
HSV (type 1 and type 2) which have similar
genome structures but differ in their prevalence
for particular disease types. HSV-1 is most often
associated with the common cold sore and herpes
keratitis but can cause life-threatening encephalitis if infection spreads to the brain. HSV-2 has
most often been associated with genital infections
that can be spread to the newborn causing serious
neonatal and disseminated disease. HSV-1 has
been most extensively engineered as a gene transfer vector and much is known about its gene
functions and molecular biology. For use in gene
transfer, its most important features are its ability
to infect cells with high efficiency and to deliver
a large transgene ‘payload’. Indeed, almost the
entire genome can be replaced by non-HSV
DNA and packaged into infectious particles. Of
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particular interest for vector engineering is the
ability of HSV to persist in neurons as an episomal element which in natural infections appears to
remain for the life of the host in a state of latency.
HSV vectors also have a similar capability in
animal models. During latent infection, there is
little detectable expression of immediate early
(IE), early (E) or late (L) viral proteins. Expression is limited to a set of non-translated RNA
species, known as latency-associated transcripts
(LATs) (Croen et al., 1987; Rock et al., 1987;
Spivack and Fraser, 1987; Stevens et al., 1987).
A portion of the promoter regulating expression
of LATs, LAP2, has been used for constructing
HSV-1 vectors that allow long-term transgene
expression in neurons (Goins et al., 1999). This
LAP2 element is capable of driving expression of
therapeutic transgenes in both the central and
peripheral nervous systems (Puskovic et al.,
2004; Chattopadhyay et al., 2005). Although
the wild type virus can reactivate from the latent
state to cause recurrent disease and provide a
mechanism for transmission to others by direct
contact with a viral lesion, vectors are engineered
to remove viral functions that allow virus growth
in neurons thus blocking the potential for reactivation from latency. As a consequence, HSV
vectors lose the capability to be transmitted to
other hosts. For many gene therapy applications
that involve nervous system disease, the vector
can serve as a platform for therapeutic gene
expression at the site where therapy is needed
and transgene expression can be short or long
term depending on the vector promoter employed
(Goins et al., 1999). For cancer applications, this
biology is less important since the goal is to
destroy tumour cells and thus targeting virus
infection to the tumour becomes the paramount
task. This review will describe some basic
aspects of HSV biology as it relates to vector
design, the types of vectors currently in use for
cancer studies, and approaches to gene therapy.
Although the majority of experience and greatest
expectations for success utilize replication competent lytic vectors especially for treatment of
brain tumours, other vector types may prove
important and their testing in patients is anticipated.
2.2.2
Virus structure
HSV-1 is an enveloped double stranded DNA virus.
The mature virus particle is 120–300 nm in size and
it is composed of at least 34 virally encoded
proteins (Homa and Brown, 1997; Mettenleiter,
2002). The structural components of the virus are:
the (i) envelope, (ii) tegument, (iii) capsid and (iv)
viral DNA genome (Figure 2.1A). The envelope
contains a host-cell derived trilaminar lipid layer in
which are embedded 10–12 glycoproteins (Spear
et al., 1993a and b; Steven and Spear, 1997;
Kasamatsu and Nakanishi, 1998; Mettenleiter,
2002). These glycoproteins are responsible for
host cell recognition and entry. Of these envelope
glycoproteins, gB, gD, gH and gL are strictly
required for viral infection in vitro, while gC, gE,
gG, gI, gJ and gM are dispensable (Spear, 1993a
and b; Steven and Spear, 1997). The tegument is a
matrix of viral proteins that play an important role
at different stages of the life cycle. The tegument
contains proteins such as VP16 (virus protein 16),
VP22, and virus host shut-off (vhs) function, which
collectively are important for viral gene expression
(Mackem and Roizman, 1982; Batterson and Roizman 1983; Campbell et al., 1984), degradation of
host cell mRNA (Read and Frenkel, 1983; Kwong
and Frenkel 1989; Kwong et al., 1988), viral
particle assembly and inhibition of innate immune
responses that repress virus gene expression
(Smiley et al., 2004). The icosahedral capsid is
GLYCOPROTEIN
SPIKE
DNA
ENVELOPE
TEGUMENT
CAPSID
Figure 2.1 Schematic representation of HSV particle and
genome. (A) Depiction of an HSV particle showing the major
structural components. (B) Organization of the HSV genome.
The unique long (UL) and short (US) genomic segments
encode essential and accessory HSV gene products
2.2 BASIC BIOLOGY OF HSV
composed of multiple structural proteins that
encapsidate the viral genome (Homa and Brown,
1997; Newcomb et al., 1999). The HSV-1 genome
consists of a 152 kb linear double stranded DNA
arranged as long and short unique segments (UL
and US) each flanked by repeat sequences (ab, b0 a0 ,
ac, c0 a0 ) (Figure 1B and Burton et al., 2002).
HSV gene nomenclature is based upon the
position of the gene within the long and short
segments. Genes within the long segment are
designated as UL1 to UL56 and genes in the
short segment are designated as US1 to US12.
The majority of virus genes are contiguous without introns thus facilitating their manipulation.
Genes within the repeat regions are diploid in
the genome and include two IE functions ICP0
(infected cell protein 0) and ICP4, a late (L) gene
g34.5 and the latency transcript gene. These genes
are important to vector engineering and will be
discussed below. Deletion of genes within the
genomic region between the long and short segments has been used for the development of
several replication defective vectors. It should be
noted that the joint repeat region can be removed
without preventing vector growth in cell culture
since copies of these same genes are still represented at the genome ends. Joint removal prevents
genome isomerization which normally occurs by
recombination events between the repeats.
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The HSV-1 genes can also be classified as
essential or accessory to the virus life cycle in
vivo, an important determinant of vector design.
For example, the existence of two essential genes,
ICP4 and glycoprotein D (US6), at the right hand
end of the linear DNA provides an opportunity to
readily manipulate this genomic region. Removal
of an essential virus gene will prevent virus
replication under any circumstances, requiring
complementation of the missing function in cell
lines engineered for this purpose. In contrast, the
removal of accessory functions leads to virus
attenuation and the ability to replicate efficiently
is limited to certain cell types usually based on
whether the cell is dividing or quiescent.
2.2.3
Viral infection
Initial virus binding to cell surface glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), primarily heparan sulfate
(WuDunn and Spear, 1989; Fuller and Lee, 1992;
Shieh et al., 1992; Spear et al., 1992; Gruenheid
et al., 1993; Herold et al., 1994; Trybala et al.,
2002) (HS), is mediated by exposed domains of
glycoproteins C (Tal-Singer et al., 1995) and B
(Herold et al., 1995; Li et al., 1995) (Figure 2.2).
Together this binding represents approximately 85
per cent of the primary attachment activity with gC
Figure 2.2 HSV cell attachment and entry. Binding of viral envelope glycoproteins to cell surface
glycosaminoglycans is followed by interaction with one of several specific cell surface receptors (e.g. HveA). The
molecular interactions lead to viral envelope fusion with the cell surface and HSV entry into the cell
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