Significant antitumor activity of oncolytic adenovirus expressing human interferon-β for hepatocellular carcinoma

Ling Feng He, Jin Fa Gu, Wen Hao Tang, Jun Kai Fan, Na Wei, Wei Guo Zou, Yan Hong Zhang, Li Li Zhao, Xin Yuan Liu

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Background: Human interferon-β (IFN-β) has been widely used in gene therapy for its antitumor activity but its therapeutic effect is limited. The conditionally replicative adenovirus ONYX-015 (a E1B-55-kDa-deleted adenovirus) targets well to tumor cells, but is not potent enough to cause significant tumor regression. To solve these problems, a tumor-selective replicating adenovirus expressing IFN-β was constructed in this study. Methods: The oncolytic adenoviruses were generated by homologous recombination in packaging cells. The expression of the IFN-β protein was detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The antitumor efficacy of ZD55-IFN-β was evaluated in cell lines and human hepatocellular carcinoma xenografts in nude mice. Results: ZD55-IFN-β can express much more IFN-β than Ad-IFN-β because of the replication of the ZD55 vector. our data showed that ZD55-IFN-β could exert a strong cytopathic effect on tumor cells (about 100-fold higher than Ad-IFN-β or ONYX-015). Moreover, no obvious cytotoxic or apoptotic effects were detected in normal cells infected with ZD55-IFN-β. Conclusions: The antitumor efficacy of IFN-β could be significantly improved due to the increased gene expression level from the tumor-selective replicating vector. The oncolytic adenovirus expressing IFN-β may provide a novel approach for cancer gene therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)983-992
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Gene Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Interferon -β
  • Oncolytic adenovirus
  • Targeting gene-virotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Drug Discovery
  • Genetics(clinical)


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