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Rudin C.M.,Johns Hopkins University | Poirier J.T.,Johns Hopkins University | Senzer N.N.,Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center | Burroughs K.D.,Neotropix | And 3 more authors.
Clinical Cancer Research | Year: 2011

Purpose: Seneca Valley Virus (SVV-001) is a novel naturally occurring replication-competent picornavirus with potent and selective tropism for neuroendocrine cancer cell types, including small cell lung cancer. We conducted a first-in-human, first-in-class phase I clinical trial of this agent in patients with cancers with neuroendocrine features, including small cell lung cancer. Experimental Design: Clinical evaluation of single intravenous doses in patients with cancers with neuroendocrine features was performed across five log-increments from 107 to 1011 vp/kg. Toxicity, viral titers and clearance, neutralizing antibody development, and tumor response were assessed. Results: A total of 30 patients were treated with SVV-001, including six with small cell carcinoma at the lowest dose of 107 vp/kg. SVV-001 was well tolerated, with no dose-limiting toxicities observed in any dose cohort. Viral clearance was documented in all subjects and correlated temporally with development of antiviral antibodies. Evidence of in vivo intratumoral viral replication was observed among patients with small cell carcinoma, with peak viral titers estimated to be >103-fold higher than the administered dose. One patient with previously progressive chemorefractory small cell lung cancer remained progression-free for 10 months after SVV-001 administration, and is alive over 3 years after treatment. Conclusions: Intravenous SVV-001 administration in patients is well tolerated at doses up to 1011 vp/kg, with predictable viral clearance kinetics, intratumoral viral replication, and evidence of antitumor activity in patients with small cell lung cancer. Phase II clinical evaluation in small cell lung cancer is warranted, and has been initiated. ©2011 AACR.

Liu Z.,Diana Helis Henry Medical Research Foundation | Liu Z.,Sun Yat Sen University | Zhao X.,Laboratory of Molecular Neuro oncology | Zhao X.,Texas Childrens Hospital | And 27 more authors.
Neuro-Oncology | Year: 2013

BackgroundSeneca Valley virus (SVV-001) is a nonpathogenic oncolytic virus that can be systemically administered and can pass through the blood-brain barrier. We examined its therapeutic efficacy and the mechanism of tumor cell infection in pediatric malignant gliomas.MethodsIn vitro antitumor activities were examined in primary cultures, preformed neurospheres, and self-renewing glioma cells derived from 6 patient tumor orthotopic xenograft mouse models (1 anaplastic astrocytoma and 5 GBM). In vivo therapeutic efficacy was examined by systemic treatment of preformed xenografts in 3 permissive and 2 resistant models. The functional role of sialic acid in mediating SVV-001 infection was investigated using neuraminidase and lectins that cleave or competitively bind to linkage-specific sialic acids.ResultsSVV-001 at a multiplicity of infection of 0.5 to 25 replicated in and effectively killed primary cultures, preformed neurospheres, and self-renewing stemlike single glioma cells derived from 4 of the 6 glioma models in vitro. A single i.v. injection of SVV-001 (5 × 1012 viral particles/kg) led to the infection of orthotopic xenografts without harming normal mouse brain cells, resulting in significantly prolonged survival in all 3 permissive and 1 resistant mouse models (P <. 05). Treatment with neuraminidase and competitive binding using lectins specific for α2,3-linked and/or α2,6-linked sialic acid significantly suppressed SVV-001 infectivity (P <. 01).ConclusionSVV-001 possesses strong antitumor activity against pediatric malignant gliomas and utilizes α2,3-linked and α2,6-linked sialic acids as mediators of tumor cell infection. Our findings support the consideration of SVV-001 for clinical trials in children with malignant glioma. © The Author(s) 2013. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Neuro-Oncology. All rights reserved.

Yu L.,Baylor College of Medicine | Baxter P.A.,Baylor College of Medicine | Zhao X.,Baylor College of Medicine | Liu Z.,Baylor College of Medicine | And 16 more authors.
Neuro-Oncology | Year: 2011

Difficulties of drug delivery across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and failure to eliminate cancer stem cells (CSCs) are believed to be the major causes of tumor recurrences in children with medulloblastoma (MB). Seneca Valley virus-001 (SVV-001) is a naturally occurring oncolytic picornavirus that can be systemically administered. Here, we report its antitumor activities against MB cells in a panel of 10 primary tumor-based orthotopic xenograft mouse models. We found that SVV-001 killed the primary cultured xenograft cells, infected and replicated in tumor cells expressing CSC surface marker CD133, and eliminated tumor cells capable of forming neurospheres in vitro in 5 of the 10 xenograft models. We confirmed that SVV-001 could pass through BBB in vivo. A single i.v. injection of SVV-001 in 2 anaplastic MB models led to widespread infection of the preformed intracerebellar (ICb) xenografts, resulting in significant increase in survival (2.2-5.9-fold) in both models and complete elimination of ICb xenografts in 8 of the 10 long-term survivors. Mechanistically, we showed that the intracellular replication of SVV-001 is mediated through a subverted autophagy that is different from the bona fide autophagic process induced by rapamycin. Our data suggest that SVV-001 is well suited for MB treatment. This work expands the current views in the oncolytic therapy field regarding the utility of oncolytic viruses in simultaneous targeting of stem and nonstem tumor cells. © The Author(s) 2010.

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