Metastatic breast cancer requires systemic treatment. We have developed a systemic gene therapy approach for breast cancer, consisting of a nonviral gene delivery system (SN) and a proapoptotic gene, bik. The transfection efficiency of SN carrying a reporter gene was 5-10 times higher than the common nonviral agents Fugene-6 and Lipofectamine in the presence of serum. The SN-bik gene complex induced significant apoptosis in four breast cancer cell lines in vitro as well as in orthotopic tumor tissues in nude mice. Systemically administrated SN-bik significantly inhibited the growth and metastasis of human breast cancer cells implanted in nude mice and prolonged the life span of the treated animals. This study demonstrates that SN-bik is a promising approach for further development as a potential therapeutic agent of cancer.
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research