Interleukin-27 gene delivery for modifying malignant interactions between prostate tumor and bone

Olga Zolochevska, Jayne Ellis, Sangram Parelkar, Delphine Chan-Seng, Todd Emrick, Jingna Wei, Igor Patrikeev, Massoud Motamedi, Marxa L. Figueiredo

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We have examined the role of a novel cytokine, interleukin-27 (IL-27), in mediating interactions between prostate cancer and bone. IL-27 is the most recently characterized member of the family of heterodimeric IL-12-related cytokines and has shown promise in halting tumor growth and mediating tumor regression in several cancer models, including prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is frequently associated with metastases to the bone, where the tumor induces a vicious cycle of communication with osteoblasts and osteoclasts to induce bone lesions, which are a significant cause of pain and skeletal-related events for patients, including a high fracture risk. We describe our findings in the effects of IL-27 gene delivery on prostate cancer cells, osteoblasts, and osteoclasts at different stages of differentiation. We applied the IL-27 gene delivery protocol in vivo utilizing sonoporation (sonodelivery) with the goal of treating and reducing the growth of prostate cancer at a bone metastatic site in vivo. We used a new model of immune-competent prostate adenocarcinoma and characterized the tumor growth reduction, gene expression, and effector cellular profiles. Our results suggest that IL-27 can be effective in reducing tumor growth, can help normalize bone structure, and can promote enhanced accumulation of effector cells in prostate tumors. These results are promising, because they are relevant to developing a novel IL-27-based strategy that can treat both the tumor and the bone, by using this simple and effective sonodelivery method for treating prostate tumor bone metastases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)970-981
Number of pages12
JournalHuman Gene Therapy
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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