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Effective Combination Immunotherapy through Vessel Normalization Using a Cancer-Targeting Antiangiogenic Peptide–Antibody Hybrid

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Issue Date
2022-04
Publisher
Wiley Blackwell
Citation
Advanced Therapeutics, Vol.5 No.4
Abstract
© 2022 Wiley-VCH GmbH.Although cancer immunotherapy using immune checkpoint blockade (ICB) has changed the paradigm for treating patients with certain cancers, its therapeutic benefits are limited to approximately one-fourth of patients, highlighting the potential for combining immunotherapy with another therapeutic modality. Here, a treatment regimen that combines a cancer-targeting antiangiogenic agent that inhibits angiogenesis within the tumor and ICB to improve therapeutic outcome is reported. The cancer-targeting antiangiogenic modality is constructed as a hybrid complex, designated HyPEPEDB-VEGF, comprising a cotinine-labeled bispecific peptide targeting both extra domain B of fibronectin (EDB) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and an anticotinine antibody (Abcot). The resulting HyPEPEDB-VEGF specifically bound to EDB-overexpressing CT26 murine colorectal cancer cells and inhibited VEGF-induced proliferation of human umbilical vascular endothelial cells. Upon intraperitoneal injection, HyPEPEDB-VEGF preferentially accumulates in CT26 syngeneic tumors and inhibits tumor growth in a dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, the combination of HyPEPEDB-VEGF with an anti-PD-1 antibody (αPD-1) in conjunction with dose optimization of the two modalities leads to substantial inhibition of tumor growth without loss of body weight due to vascular normalization within the tumor. These findings suggest that the combination of cancer-specific antiangiogenic therapy using HyPEPEDB-VEGF together with ICB may be a feasible approach for effective cancer therapy.
ISSN
2366-3987
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/183723
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