HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Mayo Clinic researchers enhance safety and effectiveness of therapeutic virus that fights cancer

Rochester, Minn. -- Mayo Clinic researchers working with colleagues in Germany have devised a much-needed multilevel safety feature for viruses used to treat cancer. In the process of making cancer-killing viruses more specific to cancer tumor cells, they report having improved the therapeutic effectiveness of viruses. They did this by engineering a modified measles virus that turns on only in the presence of secretions specific to malignant cancer cells.

In effect, the Mayo Clinic virus makeover uses proteins secreted by cancer cells as the unique key to the virus' ignition. Their report on the topic appears in the Aug. 1 edition of Cancer Research (http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org).

The investigation was performed in laboratory mice that were transplanted with a human cancer. The process is still experimental -- and thus, years away from clinical use in humans. However, the Mayo results may be immediately useful in designing improved cancer treatments for humans. "Our work shows that oncolytic measles virus particle activation can be made dependent on substances secreted by cancer cells, and this enhances safety," explains Roberto Cattaneo, Ph.D., lead researcher on the Mayo team. "By doing this, our study broadens the safeguarding strategies possible to tightly restrict the targeted virus to cancer cells."

Significance of the Mayo Clinic Research
The Mayo researchers say their contribution is a key advance because it provides a method of designing a therapeutic virus that is safe, stable and that reliably targets and kills cancer cells. Importantly, it appears to greatly reduce the possibility that the virus would erroneously turn on and harm the patient by causing unintended infection.

As such, the Mayo innovation of the cancer-activated virus is a helpful safety advance for the promising experimental field of "oncolytic virotherapy." The phrase refers to t
'"/>

Contact: Bob Nellis
newsbureau@mayo.edu
507-284-5005
Mayo Clinic
1-Aug-2006


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. 2007-2008 Genzyme/ACMGF Clinical Genetics Fellowship In Biochemical Genetics award winner announced
2. Scientists honored with Excellence in Clinical Research Award
3. Clinical trial data regarding NKTR-061 will be presented at ATS International Conference
4. NIH awards VBI, Mayo Clinic $2.4M to study chronic rhinosinusitis
5. Clinical trial for diabetic macular edema
6. The Parkinsons Institute to conduct Phase III Clinical Trial of creatine for Parkinsons disease
7. Research and program highlights of the 2007 Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting, March 21-25, 2007
8. Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic join forces to develop cancer vaccine
9. Marshfield Clinics electronic health record first to receive CCHIT certification
10. American College of Medical Genetics -- 2007 Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting Announcement
11. October MCP: A special issue on Clinical Proteomics

Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/14/2014)... millions of years since T. rex took ... University scientists is breathing life back into dinosaurs using ... The research has important implications for how dinosaurs used ... the sense of smell and cool their brains. ... doctoral student Jason Bourke, lead author of the new ...
(Date:10/14/2014)... a new kind of stem cell that can become either ... vessels, according to a study published today in the journal ... cell type contradicts current theory on how organs arise from ... origins of, and future treatment for, liver cancer., Thanks to ... complex being made up of more than 200 cell types. ...
(Date:10/14/2014)... led by researchers at the University of Massachusetts ... Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM) have identified what ... (manic depressive) disorder, a breakthrough that could lead ... as well as depression and other related mood ... week in Nature Molecular Psychiatry , show ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Dinosaur breathing study shows that noses enhanced smelling and cooled brain 2Dinosaur breathing study shows that noses enhanced smelling and cooled brain 3Stem cell discovery challenges dogma on how fetus develops; holds insights for liver cancer and reg 2Stem cell discovery challenges dogma on how fetus develops; holds insights for liver cancer and reg 3Rare genetic disease protects against bipolar disorder 2Rare genetic disease protects against bipolar disorder 3
(Date:10/22/2014)... Involution Studios , a healthcare ... new infographic, Understanding Ebola . The goal ... easy to follow informative tool for anyone wanting to ... and prevention. , "As the news has spread in ... outbreak represents not only a healthcare crisis with global ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... 2014 According to new market ... Type (Consulting, Integration, Deployment & Support), by Service ... (Public, Private, Others (Hybrid & Community)) - Global ... segments the Cloud Professional Services Market into various ... revenues. It also identifies the drivers and restraints ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... SAN DIEGO and HONG KONG ... an innovative rare disease therapeutics enterprise, announced today that ... joined the company as vice president, research. Dr. McKew ... research, including key leadership positions at the National Institutes ... to its acquisition by Wyeth). Dr. McKew will lead aTyr,s ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - BIOREM Inc. (TSXV: BRM) ("Biorem" or ... brings Q3 orders to $5.8 million and provides a good start ... North America and one in the ... new projects at record levels," said Peter Bruijns , President ... the end of Q3 than they have been for any complete ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Involution Studios' Ebola Infographic Provides Key Disease Information and Statistics at a Glance 2Cloud Professional Services Market by Public, Private, Hybrid & Community Expected to Reach $34.41 Billion by 2019 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 2Cloud Professional Services Market by Public, Private, Hybrid & Community Expected to Reach $34.41 Billion by 2019 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Cloud Professional Services Market by Public, Private, Hybrid & Community Expected to Reach $34.41 Billion by 2019 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 4Cloud Professional Services Market by Public, Private, Hybrid & Community Expected to Reach $34.41 Billion by 2019 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 5aTyr Pharma Appoints John C. McKew, Ph.D., as Vice President, Research 2aTyr Pharma Appoints John C. McKew, Ph.D., as Vice President, Research 3
Cached News: