Auto-loaded TRAIL-exosomes derived from induced neural stem cells for brain cancer therapy

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Auto-loaded TRAIL-exosomes derived from induced neural stem cells for brain cancer therapy


Zhang, X.; Taylor, H.; Valdivia, A.; Dasari, R.; Buckley, A.; Bonacquisti, E.; Nguyen, J.; Kanchi, K.; Corcoran, D. L.; Herring, L. E.; Steindler, D. A.; Baldwin, A.; Hingtgen, S.; Satterlee, A. B.


Transdifferentiation (TD), a somatic cell reprogramming process that eliminates pluripotent intermediates, creates cells that are ideal for personalized anti-cancer therapy. Here, we provide the first evidence that extracellular vesicles (EVs) from TD-derived induced neural stem cells (Exo-iNSCs) are an efficacious treatment strategy for brain cancer. We found that genetically engineered iNSCs generated EVs loaded with the tumoricidal gene product TRAIL at nearly twice the rate as their parental fibroblasts, and the TRAIL produced by iNSCs were naturally loaded into the lumen of EVs and arrayed across their outer membrane (Exo-iNSC-TRAIL). Uptake studies in ex vivo organotypic brain slice cultures showed Exo-iNSC-TRAIL selectively accumulates within tumor foci, and co-culture assays showed that Exo-iNSC-TRAIL killed metastatic and primary brain cancer cells more effectively than free TRAIL. In an orthotopic mouse model of brain cancer, Exo-iNSC-TRAIL reduced breast-to-brain tumor xenografts around 3000-fold greater than treatment with free TRAIL, with all Exo-iNSC-TRAIL treated animals surviving through 90 days post-treatment. In additional in vivo testing against aggressive U87 and invasive GBM8 glioblastoma tumors, Exo-iNSC-TRAIL also induced a statistically significant increase in survival. These studies establish a new easily generated, stable, tumor-targeted EV to efficaciously treat multiple forms of brain cancer.

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