Endothelial cell-based cytokine gene delivery inhibits 9L glioma growth in vivo

Myeong Nam, Peter Johnston, Bachchu Lal, Ravinder Indurti, Mary Ann Wilson, John Laterra

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Malignant brain neoplasms present great therapeutic challenges due to their extremely aggressive behavior and relative isolation by the blood-brain and blood-tumor barriers. Endothelial cells may be versatile platforms for delivering genes to solid tumors by virtue of their location at blood-tissue interfaces and their proliferation in response to endothelial mitogens produced by tumors. Immortalized rat brain endothelial cells that express the E. coli lacZ reporter gene and the gene for murine interleukin-2 (RBEZ-IL2) were co-inoculated with 9L glioma cells to Fisher rats to examine the effects of endothelial cell-based cytokine delivery on glioma growth in vivo. 9L glioma growth was not affected by the implantation of control RBEZ cells. The growth of subcutaneous and intracranial 9L gliomas was significantly inhibited by RBEZ-IL2 cells (P < 0.005 and P < 0.001, respectively) when compared to control transfected RBEZ cells. Rats receiving intracranial 9L glioma cells with RBEZ-IL2 cells showed increased survival (P < 0.001). Histologic and immunohistologic analysis showed enhanced activation of microglia/macrophages and CD8-positive T lymphocytes and/or natural killer cells within brain at sites of 9L inoculation with RBEZ-IL2 cells. This report establishes that immortalized endothelial cells can be used for cytokine gene delivery and to activate anti-tumor host responses to experimental gliomas within the central nervous system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-170
Number of pages10
JournalBrain research
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Aug 26 1996


  • Blood-brain barrier
  • Brain tumor
  • Gene therapy
  • Implantation
  • Interleukin-2
  • Microglia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology


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