A proapoptotic peptide for the treatment of solid tumors

J. C. Mai, Z. Mi, S. H. Kim, B. Ng, P. D. Robbins

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We have designed a novel peptide, DP1, which is able to mediate significant induction of apoptosis in solid tumors by local injection. This peptide, comprised of a protein transduction domain (PTD), PTD-5, fused to an antimicrobial peptide, (KLAKLAK)2, was able to trigger rapid apoptosis in a variety of cell lines in vitro, including MCA205 murine fibrosarcomas and human head and neck tumors. Furthermore, direct injection of DP1 into day 7 established MCA205 tumors in C57BL/6 mice resulted in the induction of tumor apoptosis and subsequent reduction in tumor volume. These results suggest that DP1 may be used clinically to treat accessible solid tumors or as an adjuvant therapy in conjunction with radiotherapy, standard chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or surgical debulking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7709-7712
Number of pages4
JournalCancer Research
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 1 2001
Externally publishedYes


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