Jason C. Steel

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UNLABELLED We aimed to increase the efficiency of adenoviral vectors by limiting adenoviral spread from the target site and reducing unwanted host immune responses to the vector. We complexed adenoviral vectors with DDAB-DOPE liposomes to form adenovirus-liposomal (AL) complexes. AL complexes were delivered by intratumoral injection in an immunocompetent(More)
Cancer immunotherapy is designed to stimulate the immune system to reject and destroy tumors. Recently, interleukin-15 (IL-15), a member of the four α-helix bundle family of cytokines, has emerged as a candidate immunomodulator for the treatment of cancer. IL-15 acts through its specific receptor, IL-15Rα, which is expressed on antigen-presenting dendritic(More)
PURPOSE Interleukin 15 (IL-15) is a promising cytokine for immunotherapy of cancer due to its ability to stimulate the immunity of natural killer, B, and T cells. Its effectiveness, however, may be limited by inhibitory checkpoints and pathways that can attenuate immune responses. Finding strategies to abrogate these negative regulators and enhance the(More)
IL-15 has potential as an immunotherapeutic agent for cancer treatment because of its ability to effectively stimulate CD8 T cell, natural killer T cell, and natural killer cell immunity. However, its effectiveness may be limited by negative immunological checkpoints that attenuate immune responses. Recently a clinical trial of IL-15 in cancer immunotherapy(More)
Recombinant adeno-associated viruses (AAV) have been used for therapeutic gene transfer. These vectors offer a number of advantages including resistance to the effects of pH, a broad cellular tropism, efficient gene transfer, persistence of gene expression, and little toxicity. AAV vectors; however, at high doses can induce humoral and cellular immune(More)
Cancer initiating cells (CICs) represent a unique cell population essential for the maintenance and growth of tumors. Most in vivo studies of CICs utilize human tumor xenografts in immunodeficient mice. These models provide limited information on the interaction of CICs with the host immune system and are of limited value in assessing therapies targeting(More)
Oncolytic adenoviruses as a treatment for cancer have demonstrated limited clinical activity. Contributing to this may be the relevance of preclinical animal models used to study these agents. Syngeneic mouse tumor models are generally non-permissive for adenoviral replication, whereas human tumor xenograft models exhibit attenuated immune responses to the(More)
Mixed chimerism has been shown to lead to prolonged major histocompatibility complex (MHC) disparate allograft survival and immune-specific tolerance; however, traditional conditioning regimes often involve myeloablation, which may pose a significant safety risk. In this study we examined the use of donor C57BL/6 (H-2(b)) immature dendritic cells (imDCs) to(More)
Lung cancer is a major public health problem causing more deaths than any other cancer. A better understanding of the biology of this disease and improvements in treatment are greatly needed. Increasing evidence supports the concept that a rare and specialized population of cancer cells, so-called cancer-initiating cells with stem cell-like characteristics,(More)
A number of antitumor vaccines have recently shown promise in upregulating immune responses against tumor antigens and improving patient survival. In this study, we examine the effectiveness of vaccination using interleukin (IL)-15-expressing tumor cells and also examine their ability to upregulate immune responses to tumor antigens. We demonstrated that(More)