Maria Rajecki

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Granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GMCSF) can mediate antitumor effects by recruiting natural killer cells and by induction of tumor-specific cytotoxic T-cells through antigen-presenting cells. Oncolytic tumor cell-killing can produce a potent costimulatory danger signal and release of tumor epitopes for antigen-presenting cell sampling.(More)
Eighteen patients with refractory and progressive solid tumors were treated with a single round of triple modified oncolytic adenovirus (Ad5/3-Cox2L-D24). Ad5/3-Cox2L-D24 is the first non-Coxsackie-adenovirus receptor-binding oncolytic adenovirus used in humans. Grades 1–2 flu-like symptoms, fever, and fatigue were seen in most patients, whereas(More)
Augmenting antitumor immunity is a promising way to enhance the potency of oncolytic adenoviral therapy. Granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GMCSF) can mediate antitumor effects by recruiting natural killer cells and by induction of tumor-specific CD8(+) cytotoxic T-lymphocytes. Serotype 5 adenoviruses (Ad5) are commonly used in cancer gene(More)
Patients with advanced solid tumors refractory to and progressing after conventional therapies were treated with three different regimens of low-dose cyclophosphamide (CP) in combination with oncolytic adenovirus. CP was given with oral metronomic dosing (50 mg/day, N = 21), intravenously (single 1,000 mg dose, N = 7) or both (N = 7). Virus was injected(More)
PURPOSE Oncolytic adenoviruses are promising tools for cancer therapy. Although several clinical reports have indicated both safety and promising antitumor capabilities for these viruses, there are only a few examples of complete tumor eradication. Thus, the antitumor efficacy of oncolytic adenoviruses needs to be improved. One potentially useful approach(More)
New treatment approaches are needed for hormone refractory prostate cancer. Oncolytic adenoviruses are promising anti-cancer agents, and their efficacy can be improved by combining with conventional therapies such as ionizing radiation. The aim of this study was to determine the timing of oncolytic adenovirus treatment with regard to radiation and study the(More)
Despite good safety data in clinical trials, oncolytic adenoviruses have not been efficient enough to make them a viable treatment alternative for cancers. As more potent viruses are being made, transcriptional and transductional targeting to tumor tissues becomes increasingly appealing. To improve antitumor efficacy, oncolytic adenoviruses can be armed(More)
1Cancer Gene Therapy Group, Transplantation Laboratory and Finnish Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland, 2HUSLAB, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland, 3Haartman Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland, 4Department of Pathology, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland, 5Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,(More)
Hormone refractory metastatic prostate cancer is a deadly disease that currently lacks curative treatments. Conditionally replicating adenoviruses (CRAds) are promising new agents against cancer due to their innate capability to cause oncolysis of tumor cells. Their antitumor effect is determined in part by their capacity for infecting cancer cells.(More)