There is growing evidence that combinations of antiangiogenic proteins with other antineoplastic treatments such as chemo- or radiotherapy and suicide genes-mediated tumor cytotoxicity lead to synergistic effects. In the present work, we tested the activity of two non-replicative herpes simplex virus (HSV)-1-based vectors, encoding human endostatin::angiostatin or endostatin::kringle5 fusion proteins in combination with HSV-1 thymidine kinase (TK) molecule, on endothelial cells (ECs) and Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC) cells. We observed a significant reduction of the in vitro growth, migration and tube formation by primary ECs upon direct infection with the two recombinant vectors or cultivation with conditioned media obtained from the vector-infected LLC cells. Moreover, direct cytotoxic effect of HSV-1 TK on both LLC and ECs was demonstrated. We then tested the vectors in vivo in two experimental settings, that is, LLC tumor growth or establishment, in C57BL/6 mice. The treatment of pre-established subcutaneous tumors with the recombinant vectors with ganciclovir (GCV) induced a significant reduction of tumor growth rate, while the in vitro infection of LLC cells with the antiangiogenic vectors before their implantation in mice flanks, either in presence or absence of GCV, completely abolished the tumor establishment.
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.