These results suggest that the normal function of the mda-7 gene is to supply a signal that stops cells from becoming cancerous, and in order for cancers to become aggressive, they must turn off the mda-7 gene, said Dr. Chada. Thus, treatment of tumor cells with the mda-7 gene, using INGN 241, should block tumor growth.
We have shown, for the first time in humans, that MDA-7 protein is lost as tumors advance to become more aggressive and ultimately metastasize, said Dr. Grimm. We then hypothesized that replacing the mda-7 control function into tumor cells would stop tumor cell growth. In fact, when we treated melanoma cancer cells with Adenoviral-mda7 in the lab, they stopped growing and died. Just as important, when we performed the same experiment using normal, non-cancerous skin cells, Adenoviral-mda7 had no effect on their growth. Current therapies for advanced malignant melanoma (the most aggressive and advanced form of the disease) only provide a 20% survival rate at 5 years. Thus, novel therapies are urgently needed for this dire disease.
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