Oncolytic HSV Vector (3)
Inventors: Joseph C. Glorioso III: Hiroaki Uchida: Justus Bernhard Cohen: Paola Grandi
Patent Number: 10,201,575
The present invention provides a recombinant oncolytic Herpes Simplex Virus (oHSV) comprising a non-HSV ligand specific for a molecule (protein, lipid, or carbohydrate determinant) present on the surface of a cell (such as a cancer cell) and a plurality of copies of one or more microRNA target sequences inserted into one or more HSV gene loci, preferably one or more HSV gene(s) required for replication of HSV in normal (i.e., non-cancerous) cells, and a deletion of the internal repeat (joint) region in the HSV genome comprising one copy of the ICP0, ICP34.5, LAT, and ICP4 genes and the ICP47 promoter. The invention further provides stocks and pharmaceutical compositions comprising the inventive oHSV and methods for killing tumor cells employing the inventive oHSV.