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Passive immunotherapy against soluble pro-angiogenic factors and/or their receptors in endothelial cells has become a promising approach in cancer therapeutics. There is also experimental evidence indicating that an active immunotherapy strategy directed towards these target molecules could also be effective. In this paper we show that it is possible to(More)
Altered angiogenesis response is observed in patients with cervical cancer. In this study we examined whether Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) positive epithelial cells are able to produce angiogenic modulators. When added to human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) the media conditioned by HPV-16 positive cells was able to induce proliferation, whereas a(More)
Like other types of pre-malignant lesions and carcinoma, angiogenesis is associated with high-grade cervical dysplasia and with invasive squamous carcinoma of the cervix. Vascular endothelial cell growth factor (VEGF) is known to be one of the most important inducers of angiogenesis and is upregulated in carcinoma of the cervix. Human Papilloma Virus 16(More)
UNLABELLED CIGB-247 is a novel cancer therapeutic vaccine that uses a human VEGF variant molecule as antigen, in combination with a bacterial adjuvant. In mice, CIGB-247 has anti-tumor and anti-metastatic effects. The vaccine induces anti-VEGF blocking antibodies and a cellular response targeting tumor cells producing VEGF, and has proven to be safe in(More)
Following the clinical success of Bevacizumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody that affects the interaction between vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and its receptors, blocking tumor-induced angiogenesis has become one of the most important targets for the development of new cancer therapeutic drugs and procedures. Among the latter, therapeutic(More)
We have developed a cancer vaccine candidate (hereafter denominated CIGB-247), based on recombinant modified human vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) as antigen, and the adjuvant VSSP (very small sized proteoliposomes of Neisseria meningitidis outer membrane). In mice, previous work of our group had shown that vaccination with CIGB-247 extended(More)
CIGB-247 is a cancer therapeutic, based on recombinant modified human vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) as antigen, in combination with the oil free adjuvant VSSP (very small sized proteoliposomes of Neisseria meningitidis outer membrane). Our previous experimental studies in mice with CIGB-247 have shown that the vaccine has both anti-tumoral and(More)
CIGB-247 is a novel cancer therapeutic vaccine that uses a mutated form of human VEGF as antigen. Being metastatic disease the most dramatic factor of tumor biology affecting patient survival and cure, preclinical evaluation of the impact of CIGB-247 vaccination on experimental metastasis mouse models is highly relevant, and constitutes the focus of this(More)
A broad variety of foreign genes can be expressed in transgenic plants, which offer the opportunity for large-scale production of pharmaceutical proteins, such as therapeutic antibodies. Nimotuzumab is a humanized anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) recombinant IgG1 antibody approved in different countries for the treatment of head and neck(More)
We have previously reported that IFNalpha-chronic treatment for 41 days induced a partial phenotype reversion on HeLa cells along with a down-regulation of HPV18 mRNA levels. However, tumorigenicity of these cells in nude mice was unchanged. Interestingly, after 1 year of IFNalpha-chronic exposition, HeLa cells failed to induce s.c. tumors when injected(More)