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Hoffman R.M.,University of California at San Diego | Hoffman R.M.,Anticancer, Inc.
Current Opinion in Biotechnology | Year: 2011

A paradigm change in the treatment of cancer is urgently needed. Bacteria offer many advantages, including natural cytotoxity, motility, chemotaxis and a relative large genome to manipulate for tumor targeting. Salmonella, Clostridium, Bifodobacterium and Escherichia coli have been shown to control tumor growth and promote survival in animal models. We have developed an effective bacterial cancer therapy by engineering Salmonella typhimurium amino acid auxotrophs which grow in viable as well as necrotic areas of tumors, but not normal tissue. The S. typhimurium A1-R mutant, which is auxotrophic for leu-arg, is tumor-seeking and has antitumor efficacy against the major types of cancer. The approach described here is a significant improvement over previous bacterial tumor-therapy strategies that require combination with toxic chemotherapy. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Hoffman R.M.,Anticancer, Inc. | Hoffman R.M.,University of California at San Diego
Nature Reviews Cancer | Year: 2015

The majority of human solid tumours do not metastasize when grown subcutaneously in immunocompromised mice; this includes patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models. However, orthotopic implantation of intact tumour tissue can lead to metastasis that mimics that seen in patients. These patient-derived orthotopic xenograft (PDOX) models have a long history and might better recapitulate human tumours than PDX models. © 2015 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved. Source

Hoffman R.M.,Anticancer, Inc. | Hoffman R.M.,University of California at San Diego
Breast Cancer Research | Year: 2013

Exosomes are thought to play an important role in metastasis. Luga and colleagues have described the production of exosomes by stromal cells such as cancer-associated fibroblasts that are taken up by breast cancer cells and are then loaded with Wnt 11, which is associated with stimulation of the invasiveness and metastasis of the breast cancer cells. Previous studies have shown that exosomes produced by breast cancer cells are taken up by stromal fibroblasts and other stromal cells, suggesting that exosomes are agents of cross-talk between cancer and stromal cells to stimulate metastasis. Imaging of exosomes by labeling with fluorescent proteins will enlighten the process by which exosomes enhance metastasis, including premetastatic niche formation. © 2013 BioMed Central Ltd. Source

The present invention relates to highly conjugated proteins and methods for making such proteins. In particular, the present invention relates to methods for linking additional sites to a protein for conjugation with activated polyethylene glycol (PEG) linkers, without denaturing the protein. The invention also relates to highly conjugated proteins with decreased immunogenicity and increased circulating half-life.

Anticancer, Inc. | Date: 2013-12-24

A portable digital imaging system for fluorescence-guided surgery is provided. The system includes a portable probe comprising a light source, a fluorescence detector, a digital signal output, a memory and a processor. The system also includes a computer in communication with the portable probe and a display. The portable probe excites a fluorescent label-containing tissue within a surgical field in response to the light source of the portable probe illuminating the fluorescent label-containing tissue. The computer displays a real-time image visualization of the surgical field on the display in response to the computer in communication with the display receiving and processing a digital signal from the digital signal output of the portable probe.

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