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Bio-Inorganic Hybrid Nongenetically Modified Viruses as an Immune Agonist for Systemic Elimination of Cancer Cells

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posted on 2020-11-18, 20:36 authored by Bin Zheng, Yanan Xu, Mengqian Huang, Xianhuang Li, Tao Wang, Dong Ming
Microbial-based cancer therapy is nowadays considered as an interesting approach, especially with viruses which are attracting more attention owing to their simple structure and nanoscale. However, because of the need for cumbersome genetic modification and poor biosafety, its application is seriously limited. Here, nonpathogenic natural Sendai viruses (SEVs) are used as an alternative immune agonist after being mineralized by calcium ions. Both in vitro and in vivo studies indicated that virus-inorganic hybrids can effectively excite antigen-presenting cells (APCs). Then, the tumor antigens were released in large amounts by photothermal damage. Meanwhile, these released antigens were presented to lymph nodes to mature antitumor T lymphocytes via the peritumoral APCs previously recruited by the SEV. Our results demonstrated that even after administration at one point, the nanohybrids could still effectively stimulate systemic antitumor immune response to suppress the potential cancer metastatic spread. The bio-inorganic hybrid nongenetically modified virus-inorganic nanocomposites might serve as an alternative strategy for synergistic immune therapy.