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Viruses 2015, 7(12), 6251-6278; doi:10.3390/v7122936

Potential for Improving Potency and Specificity of Reovirus Oncolysis with Next-Generation Reovirus Variants

Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1, Canada
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 4N1, Canada
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Academic Editors: E. Antonio Chiocca and Martine L.M. Lamfers
Received: 19 September 2015 / Revised: 10 November 2015 / Accepted: 18 November 2015 / Published: 1 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Oncolytic Viruses)
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Viruses that specifically replicate in tumor over normal cells offer promising cancer therapies. Oncolytic viruses (OV) not only kill the tumor cells directly; they also promote anti-tumor immunotherapeutic responses. Other major advantages of OVs are that they dose-escalate in tumors and can be genetically engineered to enhance potency and specificity. Unmodified wild type reovirus is a propitious OV currently in phase I–III clinical trials. This review summarizes modifications to reovirus that may improve potency and/or specificity during oncolysis. Classical genetics approaches have revealed reovirus variants with improved adaptation towards tumors or with enhanced ability to establish specific steps of virus replication and cell killing among transformed cells. The recent emergence of a reverse genetics system for reovirus has provided novel strategies to fine-tune reovirus proteins or introduce exogenous genes that could promote oncolytic activity. Over the next decade, these findings are likely to generate better-optimized second-generation reovirus vectors and improve the efficacy of oncolytic reotherapy. View Full-Text
Keywords: reovirus; oncolytic virus; cancer; attachment; uncoating; replication; reverse genetics reovirus; oncolytic virus; cancer; attachment; uncoating; replication; reverse genetics

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Mohamed, A.; Johnston, R.N.; Shmulevitz, M. Potential for Improving Potency and Specificity of Reovirus Oncolysis with Next-Generation Reovirus Variants. Viruses 2015, 7, 6251-6278.

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