Bioselection of coxsackievirus B6 strain variants with altered tropism to human cancer cell lines

Victor A. Svyatchenko, Vladimir A. Ternovoy, Nikolai N. Kiselev, Anna V. Demina, Valery B. Loktev, Sergey V. Netesov, Peter M. Chumakov

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Cancer cells develop increased sensitivity to members of many virus families and, in particular, can be efficiently infected and lysed by many low-pathogenic human enteroviruses. However, because of their great genetic heterogeneity, cancer cells display different levels of sensitivity to particular enterovirus strains, which may substantially limit the chances of a positive clinical response. We show that a non-pathogenic strain of coxsackievirus B6 (LEV15) can efficiently replicate to high titers in the malignant human cell lines C33A, DU145, AsPC-1 and SK-Mel28, although it displays much lower replication efficiency in A431 and A549 cells and very limited replication ability in RD and MCF7 cells, as well as in the normal lung fibroblast cell line MRC-5 and the immortalized mammary epithelial cell line MCF10A. By serial passaging in RD, MCF7 and A431 cells, we obtained LEV15 strain variants that had acquired high replication capacity in the appropriate carcinoma cell lines without losing their high replication capability in the original set of cancer cell lines and had limited replication capability in untransformed cells. The strains demonstrated improved oncolytic properties in nude-mouse xenografts. We identified nucleotide changes responsible for the phenotypes and suggest a bioselection approach for a generation of oncolytic virus strains with a wider spectrum of affected tumors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3355-3362
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of Virology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


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