The efficacy of combination therapy with oncolytic herpes simplex virus HF10 and dacarbazine in a mouse melanoma model

Rui Tanaka, Fumi Goshima, Shinichi Esaki, Yoshitaka Sato, Takayuki Murata, Yukihiro Nishiyama, Daisuke Watanabe, Hiroshi Kimura

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Advanced melanoma has long been treated with chemotherapy using cytotoxic agents like dacarbazine (DTIC), but overall survival rates with these drugs have been generally low. Recently, immunoregulatory monoclonal antibodies and molecularly targeted therapy with a BRAF inhibitor and/or a MEK inhibitor, have been used to treat malignant melanoma and have improved the survival rate of patients with advanced melanoma. However, high prices of these drugs are problematic. In this study, we evaluated the oncolytic efficacy of HF10, an attenuated, replication-competent HSV, with DTIC in immunocompetent mice model of malignant melanoma. For in vitro studies, cytotoxicity assays were conducted in clone M3 mouse melanoma cells. For the in vivo studies, subcutaneous melanoma models were prepared in DBA/2 mice with clone M3 cells, and then HF10 was intratumorally inoculated with/without intraperitoneal DTIC injection. The efficacy of the therapies was evaluated by survival, growth of subcutaneous tumor, and histopathological and immunological analyses. Both HF10 infection and DTIC treatment showed cytotoxic effects in melanoma cells, but combination treatment with HF10 and DTIC showed a rapid and strong cytotoxic effect compared with monotherapy. In the subcutaneous melanoma model, intratumoral HF10 inoculation significantly inhibited tumor growth. HF10 also inhibited the growth of non-inoculated contralateral tumors when it was injected into the ipsilateral tumors of mice. In histologic and immunohistochemical analysis, tumor lysis and inflammatory cell infiltration were observed after intratumoral HF10 inoculation. When mice were treated with HF10 and DTIC, the combination therapy induced a robust systemic anti-tumor immune response and prolonged survival. IFN-γ secretion from splenocytes of the HF10-DTIC combination therapy group showed more IFN-γ secretion than did the other groups. These data showed the efficacy of HF10 and DTIC combination therapy in a mouse melanoma model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1693-1703
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Cancer Research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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