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AACR 2016 /
Retroviral replicating vectors for cancer-targeted gene therapy and immunotherapy

16th - 20th Apr 2016

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Published: 26.04.16
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Dr Noriyuki Kasahara - Miami University School of Medicine, Miami, USA

Dr Noriyuki Kasahara speaks with ecancertv at AACR2016 about his cancer-targeting retroviral therapies which illicit host immune responses.

Historically, oncolytic viruses have struggled to compete with host immunity to reach their target and the immunosuppresive tumour environment. But by using a retroviral factor, Dr Kasahara's lab reports selective targeting of cancer cells with a gene primer that in turn responds to a non-toxic pro-drug to kill the 'infected' tumour cells.

Dr Kasahara reports significant extension to patient survival compared to current chemotherapy treatments, with no systemic toxicity and high-tumour specificity.

Trials are ongoing.

Previous conferences: highlights

Founding partners

European Cancer Organisation European Institute of Oncology

Founding Charities

Foundazione Umberto Veronesi Fondazione IEO Swiss Bridge

Published by

ecancer Global Foundation