Rexin-G®, a tumor-targeted retrovector for malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor: A case report


Soft tissue sarcoma is a rare neoplasm of mesenchymal origin, accounting for only ~1% of all adult cancers and consisting of 75 histological subtypes. In the present report, the unique case of a 14 year-old female with metastatic malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (formerly, malignant melanotic schwannoma) of the parotid gland, who experienced a durable response and sustained tumor control with Rexin-G®, a tumor-targeted retroviral expression vector encoding an anti-cyclin G1 construct, is described. Post-parotidectomy, and prior to the administration of Rexin-G®, the patient received various chemotherapy regimens, including doxorubicin, ifosfamide, temozolomide, sorafenib, and an immunological therapy with interleukin-2, which only resulted in the further progression of lung metastases. The patient subsequently participated in a Phase 1/2 gene therapy study, during which she received intravenous Rexin-G® as monotherapy for two years with minimal drug-associated adverse events. Currently, the patient has no evidence of active disease 9 years after commencing the Rexin-G® treatment, and with no additional anti-cancer therapy. In conclusion, Rexin-G® may be a viable therapeutic option for malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors, and should be further investigated in prospective histology-specific clinical trials for this type, and possibly other types, of chemotherapy-resistant sarcoma.

DOI: 10.3892/mco.2017.1231

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@inproceedings{Kim2017RexinGAT, title={Rexin-G®, a tumor-targeted retrovector for malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor: A case report}, author={Seth Kim and Noah C Federman and Erlinda M. Gordon and Frederick L. Hall and Sant P. Chawla}, booktitle={Molecular and clinical oncology}, year={2017} }