Local oncolytic adenovirotherapy produces an abscopal effect via tumor-derived extracellular vesicles

Yoshihiko Kakiuchi, Shinji Kuroda, Nobuhiko Kanaya, Kento Kumon, Tomoko Tsumura, Masashi Hashimoto, Chiaki Yagi, Ryoma Sugimoto, Yuki Hamada, Satoru Kikuchi, Masahiko Nishizaki, Shunsuke Kagawa, Hiroshi Tazawa, Yasuo Urata, Toshiyoshi Fujiwara

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Extracellular vesicles (EVs) play important roles in various intercellular communication processes. The abscopal effect is an interesting phenomenon in cancer treatment, in which immune activation is generally considered a main factor. We previously developed a telomerase-specific oncolytic adenovirus, Telomelysin (OBP-301), and occasionally observed therapeutic effects on distal tumors after local treatment in immunodeficient mice. In this study, we hypothesized that EVs may be involved in the abscopal effect of OBP-301. EVs isolated from the supernatant of HCT116 human colon carcinoma cells treated with OBP-301 were confirmed to contain OBP-301, and they showed cytotoxic activity (apoptosis and autophagy) similar to OBP-301. In bilateral subcutaneous HCT116 and CT26 tumor models, intratumoral administration of OBP-301 produced potent antitumor effects on tumors that were not directly treated with OBP-301, involving direct mediation by tumor-derived EVs containing OBP-301. This indicates that immune activation is not the main factor in this abscopal effect. Moreover, tumor-derived EVs exhibited high tumor tropism in orthotopic HCT116 rectal tumors, in which adenovirus E1A and adenovirus type 5 proteins were observed in metastatic liver tumors after localized rectal tumor treatment. In conclusion, local treatment with OBP-301 has the potential to produce abscopal effects via tumor-derived EVs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2920-2930
Number of pages11
JournalMolecular Therapy
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 6 2021


  • abscopal effect
  • drug delivery system
  • exosome
  • extracellular vesicles
  • local treatment
  • oncolytic adenovirus
  • systemic delivery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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