In vivo adenovirus-mediated p53 tumor suppressor gene therapy for colorectal cancer

Francis R. Spitz, Dao Nguyen, John M. Skibber, James Cusack, Jack A. Roth, Richard J. Cristiano

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Background: The p53 tumor suppressor gene is altered in up to 70% of colorectal cancers. Materials and Methods: We infected the colorectal cancer cell lines SW620 and KM12L4, in which p53 is mutated, with the replication-defective adenovirus Ad5/CMV/p53 to evaluate the effects of adenovirus-mediated wild-type p53 gene transfer Gene transduction was measured by cytochemical staining of cells infected with the Ad5/CMV/β-gal virus and expression of the wildtype p53 protein in these cells was demonstrated by immunoblotting. Results: Significant suppression of in vitro cell proliferation and induction of apoptosis (as measured by TUNEL assay labeling) were observed following Ad5/CMV/p53 infection. More importantly, similar effects were observed in vivo in an established nude mouse subcutaneous tumor model; significant suppression of tumor growth (60% 70%) and induction of apoptosis were observed following intratumoral injections of Ad5/CMV/p53. Conclusion: This form of therapy may provide a novel approach to colorectal cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3415-3422
Number of pages8
JournalAnticancer research
Issue number6 B
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Adenovirus
  • Colon cancer
  • Gene therapy
  • p53

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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