The current study was designed to evaluate the anti-tumor effects of MDR1 shRNA in combination with herpes simplex virus-thymidine kinase/ganciclovir (HSV-tk/GCV) suicide gene therapy system. Introduction of an MDR1-targeted small hairpin RNA (shMDR) markedly enhanced the intracellular accumulation of and increased sensitivity to drugs transported by P-glycoprotein. Functional TK-eGFP fusion protein expression was confirmed by Western blot analysis and ganciclovir uptake assay. Compared with GCV or doxorubicin alone, the combination of anti-cancer drug chemotherapy with GCV administration displays additive cytotoxicity in shMDR1-TK-eGFP expressing cells. These results for the first time suggest the potential of combination gene therapy using suicide gene therapy and RNAi-based gene therapy in vitro.
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2008 Mar 18|
- Combination gene therapy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research