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Strike Bio Inc and Baylor College of Medicine | Date: 2015-04-24

The present invention includes compositions and methods for making and using a RNAi capable of reducing expression of two or more genes, comprising: a first RNAi molecule that reduces the expression of a first target gene; a second RNAi molecule that reduces the expression of the first or a second target gene; and optionally a third RNAi molecule that reduces the expression of the first, the second, or a third target gene, wherein the RNAi molecules reduce the expression level of, e.g., mutated KRAS, SRC-3, EGFR, PIK3, NCOA3, or ERalpha1, and can be, e.g., miRNAs, shRNAs, or bifunctional shRNAs.

Barve M.,Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers | Wang Z.,Strike Bio Inc. | Kumar P.,Gradalis, Inc. | Jay C.M.,Strike Bio Inc. | And 13 more authors.
Molecular Therapy | Year: 2015

Stathmin1 (STMN1) is a microtubule modulator that is expressed in multiple cancers and correlates with poor survival. We previously demonstrated in vivo safety of bifunctional (bi) shRNA STMN1 bilamellar invaginated vesicle (BIV) and that systemic delivery correlated with antitumor activity. Patients with superficial advanced refractory cancer with no other standard options were entered into trial. Study design involved dose escalation (four patients/cohort) using a modified Fibonacci schema starting at 0.7 mg DNA administered via single intratumoral injection. Biopsy at baseline, 24/48 hours and resection 8 days after injection provided tissue for determination of cleavage product using next-generation sequencing (NGS) and reverse transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR), 5′ RLM rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) assay. Serum pharmacokinetics of circulating plasmid was done. Twelve patients were entered into three dose levels (0.7, 1.4, 7.0 mg DNA). No ≥ grade 3 toxic effects to drug were observed. Maximum circulating plasmid was detected at 30 seconds with less than 10% detectable in all subjects at 24 hours. No toxic effects were observed. Predicted cleavage product was detected by both NGS (n = 7/7 patients analyzed, cohorts 1, 2) and RLM RACE (n = 1/1 patients analyzed cohort 3). In conclusion, bi-shRNA STMN1 BIV is well tolerated and detection of mRNA target sequence-specific cleavage product confirmed bi-shRNA BIV mechanism of action. © 2015 The American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy.

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