Intravascularly administered RGD-displaying measles viruses bind to and infect neovessel endothelial cells in vivo

Hooi Tin Ong, Theodore R. Trejo, Linh D. Pham, Ann L. Oberg, Stephen J. Russell, Kah Whye Peng

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Systemically administered vectors must cross the endothelial lining of tumor blood vessels to access cancer cells. Vectors that interact with markers on the lumenal surface of these endothelial cells might have enhanced tumor localization. Here, we generated oncolytic measles viruses (MVs) displaying αvβ3 integrin-binding peptides, cyclic arginine-glycine-aspartate (RGD) or echistatin, on the measles hemagglutinin protein. Both viruses had expanded tropisms, and efficiently entered target cells via binding to integrins, but also retained their native tropisms for CD46 and signaling lymphocyte activation molecule (SLAM). When fluorescently labeled and injected intravascularly into chick chorioallantoic membranes (CAMs), in contrast to unmodified viruses, the integrin-binding viral particles bound to the lumenal surface of the developing chick neovessels and infected the CAM vascular endothelial cells. In a mouse model of VEGF-induced angiogenesis in the ear pinna, the integrin-binding viruses, but not the parental virus, infected cells at sites of new blood vessel formation. When given intravenously to mice bearing tumor xenografts, the integrin-binding virus infected endothelial cells of tumor neovessels in addition to tumor parenchyma. To our knowledge, this is the first report demonstrating that oncolytic MVs can be engineered to target the lumenal endothelial surface of newly formed blood vessels when administered intravenously in living animals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1012-1021
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular Therapy
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery


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