Glioblastoma multiforme is an intracranial tumor that has very poor prognosis. Patients usually succumb to their disease 6 to 12 months after they are diagnosed despite very aggressive treatment modalities. We tested the efficacy of a potent differentiation and proliferation factor for the professional antigen-presenting dendritic cells (DCs), i.e., Flt3L, for its potential role as a novel therapy for gliomas. We investigated the ability of recombinant adenoviral vectors encoding human soluble Flt3L (hsFlt3L) to improve the survival of Lewis rats bearing intracranial syngeneic CNS-1 gliomas. We show that RAdhsFlt3L can improve survival in a dose-dependent manner. Seventy percent of rats survive when treated with 8 × 107 pfu RAdhsFlt3L (P < 0.0005). In addition we demonstrate in both naïve Lewis rats and C57BL/6 mice the presence of increased numbers of cells bearing DC markers (OX62 and MHCII, in rats, or CD11C, 33D1, MHCII, and F4/80, but not DEC205, in mice) in sites of brain delivery of RAdhsFlt3L. These results show that expression of hsFlt3L in the brain leads to the presence of cells displaying DC markers. We demonstrate that treatment with hsFlt3L leads to inhibition of tumor growth and significantly increased life span of animals implanted with syngeneic CNS-1 glioma cells. Animals that had survived for long periods, i.e., 6 months, had eliminated the implanted tumors after neuropathological analysis; on the other hand, some of the 3-month survivors still appeared to harbor brain tumors. Our results have profound implications for immune-mediated brain tumor therapy and also suggest the ability to recruit DC-like cells within the brain parenchyma in response to the local expression of Flt3L from adenoviral vectors.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Medicine
- Molecular Biology
- Drug Discovery