rAAV9-UPII-TK-EGFP can precisely transduce a suicide gene and inhibit the growth of bladder tumors

Lian, FY; Ye, Q; Feng, B; Cheng, H; Niu, SM; Fan, N; Wang, DG; Wang, ZP

Wang, ZP (corresponding author), Lanzhou Univ, Hosp 2, Lanzhou 70030, Peoples R China.

CANCER BIOLOGY & THERAPY, 2020; 21 (12): 1171


Bladder cancer is a common and widespread cancer of the human urinary system, and its incidence is increasing. Gene therapy is a promising treatment of bladder cancer. In our study, a recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV9-UPII-TK-EGFP) driven by a UPII promoter was constructed. The efficacy and safety of infection of bladder cells was tested in vivo and in vitro. The ability of rAAV9-UPII-TK-EGFP to penetrate the glycosaminoglycan (GAG) layer on the surface of bladder cells and to transduce the bladder cells in vivo was very high. Additionally, we confirmed that the TK/GCV system has a powerful cytotoxic effect on bladder tumor cells in vitro and in vivo. Thus, our data indicate that rAAV9-UPII-TK-EGFP is a precise gene drug delivery system for the treatment of bladder cancer, and the TK/GCV therapeutic strategy has a powerful antitumor effect. These ?ndings can be widely used in clinical and scientific studies.

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