Tumor growth and metastasis suppression by Glipr1 gene-modified macrophages in a metastatic prostate cancer model

K. Tabata, S. Kurosaka, M. Watanabe, K. Edamura, T. Satoh, G. Yang, E. Abdelfattah, J. Wang, A. Goltsov, D. Floryk, T. C. Thompson

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We previously identified the mouse and human Glipr1 and GLIPR1/RTVP-1 genes, respectively, as direct p53 targets with proapoptotic activities in various cancer cell lines, including prostate cancer (PCa). Intratumoral injection of an adenoviral vector capable of efficient transduction and expression of Glipr1 (AdGlipr1) yielded promising therapeutic results in an orthotopic, metastatic mouse model of PCa. AdGlipr1-transduced macrophages (M/Glipr1) generated greater surface expression of CD40, CD80 and major histocompatibility complex class II molecules and greater production of interleukin 12 (IL-12) and IL-6 in vitro than control macrophages did. Mechanistic analysis indicated that increased production of IL-12 in M/Glipr1 depends on activation of the p38 signaling cascade. M/Glipr1 injected into orthotopic 178-2BMA tumors in vivo resulted in significantly suppressed prostate tumor growth and spontaneous lung metastases and longer survival relative to those observed in control-treated mice. Furthermore, these preclinical data indicate the generation of systemic natural killer cell activity and tumor-specific cytotoxic T lymphocyte responses. Trafficking studies confirmed that intratumorally injected M/Glipr1 could migrate to draining lymph nodes. Overall, our data suggest that this novel gene-modified cell approach is an effective treatment avenue that induces antitumor immune responses in preclinical studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)969-978
Number of pages10
JournalGene Therapy
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Glipr1
  • gene-modified cell therapy
  • macrophages
  • prostate cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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