Xiao-Mei Rao

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One of the promising strategies for targeting replication of oncolytic adenovirus in tumor cells is to regulate the expression of essential viral genes such as E1a by using tumor- or tissue-specific promoters that are preferentially active in cancer cells. However, this approach may lead to some degree of viral replication in normal cells other than in(More)
Adenoviruses (Ads) with E1B55K mutations can selectively replicate in and destroy cancer cells. However, the mechanism of Ad-selective replication in tumor cells is not well characterized. We have shown previously that expression of several cell cycle-regulating genes is markedly affected by the Ad E1b gene in WI-38 human lung fibroblast cells (X. Rao, et(More)
Apoptotic pathways are initiated as a cellular defense mechanism to eliminate adenovirus-infected cells. We have investigated how E1A-induced apoptosis interferes with viral replication in cancer cells. We found that E1B19K alone can efficiently suppress E1A-induced apoptosis in cancer cells. Viruses deleted for both E1B19K and E1B55K resulted in cellular(More)
The adenovirus E1A proteins are involved in the transcriptional activation of viral and cellular genes needed for controlling cell cycle and virus replication. Undifferentiated embryonic carcinoma cells have the ability to produce an E1A-like activity that can induce the expression of E1A-targeted adenoviral and cellular genes in the absence of the E1A(More)
Adenoviruses with deletion of E1b have been used in clinical trials to treat cancers that are resistant to conventional therapies. The efficacy of viral replication within cancer cells determines the results of oncolytic therapy, which remains poorly understood and requires further improvement. In this report, we show that adenoviruses induce autophagy by(More)
Adenoviruses with deletion of E1b gene can selectively replicate in cancer cells. The underlying mechanisms in tumor-selective replication of E1b-deleted adenoviruses are insufficiently understood. Identifying genes with altered expression patterns caused by the E1B proteins in virus-infected cells will further increase our understanding of E1B functions(More)
Combination of oncolytic adenoviruses (Ads) and chemotherapy drugs has shown promising therapeutic results and is considered as a potential approach for cancer therapy. We previously have shown that autophagy may generate decomposed cellular molecules that can be used as nutrition to support virus replication in cancer cells. In this study, we evaluated a(More)
Adenoviruses (Ads) with deletion of E1b55K preferentially replicate in cancer cells and have been used in cancer therapies. We have previously shown that Ad E1B55K protein is involved in induction of cyclin E for Ad replication, but this E1B55K function is not required in cancer cells in which deregulation of cyclin E is frequently observed. In this study,(More)
Adenovirus-mediated gene transfer into a tumor mass can be improved by combining it with conditionally-replicating adenovirus (CRAd) when both vectors co-infect the same cancer cell. We investigated the efficiency of enhancing transgene expression and effectiveness of cancer killing of two advenoviruses (Ads), one expressing E2F-1 (AdE2F-1) and another(More)
Oncolytic virotherapy can selectively destroy cancer cells and is a potential approach in cancer treatment. A strategy to increase tumor-specific selectivity is to control the expression of a key regulatory viral gene with a tumor-specific promoter. We have previously found that cyclin E expression is augmented in cancer cells after adenovirus (Ad)(More)