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ViroPedTher SIGNED

Oncolytic viruses for the treatment of pediatric brain tumors: An integrated clinical and lab approach

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Total cost 2˙000˙000 €
 EC max contribution 2˙000˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2018-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-03-01   to  2024-02-29


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSIDAD DE NAVARRA ES (PAMPLONA) coordinator 2˙000˙000.00


 Project objective

The overreaching goal of my lab is to improve the prognosis of patients with high-risk pediatric brain tumors. To this end, I propose to integrate clinical and lab-based research to develop tumor-targeted oncolytic adenoviruses with the capacity to elicit a therapeutic immune response in those tumors. Our research will use novel and relevant models to accomplish the experimental aims. We have previously worked with Delta-24-RGD (DNX-2401) a replication-competent adenovirus that has been translated to the clinical scenario. In 2017, the first clinical trial phase I with DNX-2401 for newly diagnosed Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas (DIPG; a lethal pediatric brain tumor) opened propelled by my team. Preliminary results from the first trials revealed that the intratumoral injection of the virus instigated an initial phase of oncolysis followed by a delayed inflammatory response that ultimately resulted in complete regression in a subset of the patients without associated toxicities. I hypothesized that enhancement of the immune component of the DNX-2401-based therapy will result in the complete regression of the vast majority of pediatric brain tumors. In our specific approach, we propose to understand the immune microenvironment of DIPGs and the response to viral therapy in the context of the trial. Moreover, that knowledge will leverage the design of Delta-24-based adenoviruses to recruit lymphocytes to the tumor with the competence of different type of ligands to activate the tumor infiltrating lymphocytes. I expect that this combinatorial innovative treatment will efficiently challenge the profound and inherent tumor immunosuppression and, in turn, will elicit a robust anti-tumor immune response resulting in the significant improvement of the prognosis and quality of life of patients with pediatric brain tumors. This project has the potential to produce a vertical advance in the field of pediatric oncology.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Naiara Martínez-Vélez, Marc Garcia-Moure, Miguel Marigil, Marisol González-Huarriz, Montse Puigdelloses, Jaime Gallego Pérez-Larraya, Marta Zalacaín, Lucía Marrodán, Maider Varela-Guruceaga, Virginia Laspidea, Jose Javier Aristu, Luis Isaac Ramos, Sonia Tejada-Solís, Ricardo Díez-Valle, Chris Jones, Alan Mackay, Jose A. Martínez-Climent, Maria Jose García-Barchino, Eric Raabe, Michelle
The oncolytic virus Delta-24-RGD elicits an antitumor effect in pediatric glioma and DIPG mouse models
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-10043-0
Nature Communications 10/1 2020-02-05
2019 Ignacio Iñigo-Marco, Marta M. Alonso
Destress and do not suppress: targeting adrenergic signaling in tumor immunosuppression
published pages: 5086-5088, ISSN: 0021-9738, DOI: 10.1172/jci133115
Journal of Clinical Investigation 129/12 2020-02-05
2019 Donatas Stakišaitis, Milda Juknevičienė, Eligija Damanskienė, Angelija Valančiūtė, Ingrida Balnytė, Marta Maria Alonso
The Importance of Gender-Related Anticancer Research on Mitochondrial Regulator Sodium Dichloroacetate in Preclinical Studies In Vivo
published pages: 1210, ISSN: 2072-6694, DOI: 10.3390/cancers11081210
Cancers 11/8 2020-02-05
2019 Naiara Martinez-Velez, Miguel Marigil, Marc García-Moure, Marisol Gonzalez-Huarriz, Jose Javier Aristu, Luis-Isaac Ramos-García, Sonia Tejada, Ricardo Díez-Valle, Ana Patiño-García, Oren J. Becher, Candelaria Gomez-Manzano, Juan Fueyo, Marta M. Alonso
Delta-24-RGD combined with radiotherapy exerts a potent antitumor effect in diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma and pediatric high grade glioma models
published pages: , ISSN: 2051-5960, DOI: 10.1186/s40478-019-0714-6
Acta Neuropathologica Communications 7/1 2020-02-05
2019 Marc Garcia-Moure, Naiara Martinez-Velez, Marisol Gonzalez-Huarriz, Lucía Marrodán, Manel Cascallo, Ramón Alemany, Ana Patiño-García, Marta M. Alonso
The oncolytic adenovirus VCN-01 promotes anti-tumor effect in primitive neuroectodermal tumor models
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-51014-1
Scientific Reports 9/1 2020-02-05

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