Ras mutations are present in 40-50% of colorectal cancers. Inactivating this oncogene may therefore reduce proliferation capacity. In order to target ras we studied the transduction efficacy and anti tumour activity of an adenoviral vector expressing an intracellular, neutralizing single chain antibody to p21-ras (Y28). In in vitro studies transfection levels of the K-ras mutated rat colon carcinoma cell line CC531 were studied using the LacZ marker gene. In our in vivo liver metastases model different routes of administration were evaluated to determine which regimen resulted in the best transfection levels and tumour responses: Intravenous injection, intratumoural injection, isolated liver perfusion, or hepatic artery infusion. CC531 cells are readily transfected in vitro, resulting in significant inhibition of tumour cell proliferation by the Y28 construct. Intravenous injection did not result in any measurable transfection. Intratumoural injection resulted only in the transfection of tumour cells along the needle track. IHP as well as single HAI achieved low transfection levels of tumour tissue. Expression of Y28 was demonstrated in tumours after IT injection, HAI and IHP. Whereas, repeated HAI's clearly achieved expression in and around tumour associated vessels. Only five times repeated HAI's with Y28 resulted in a tumour response: in all animals tumour growth was inhibited, and in three rats out of eight a complete regression of the liver tumours was observed.

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Keywords Adenovirus, Gene therapy, Hepatic artery infusion, Isolated liver perfusion, Liver metastases, Ras oncogene
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1038/sj.bjc.6600089, hdl.handle.net/1765/72565
Journal British Journal of Cancer
van Etten, B, ten Hagen, T.L.M, de Vries, M.R, Aan de Wiel-Ambagtsheer, G, Huet, T, & Eggermont, A.M.M. (2002). Prerequisites for effective adenovirus mediated gene therapy of colorectal liver metastases in the rat using an intracellular neutralizing antibody fragment to p21-Ras. British Journal of Cancer, 86(3), 436–442. doi:10.1038/sj.bjc.6600089