Two-step enhanced cancer immunotherapy with engineered Salmonella typhimurium secreting heterologous flagellin

Date: 
9 Feb 2017
Source: 
Science Translational Medicine
Audience: 
Patients and public
Professionals
Type of resource: 
Research

In some cases, injecting tumors with specific bacteria can help eradicate the tumors by stimulating inflammation and triggering an antitumor immune response. A classic example of this is injection of bladder cancer with bacillus Calmette-Guérin, but more recent approaches have used bacteria such as Clostridium and Salmonella species. Building on the idea of antitumor bacterial therapy, Zheng et al. engineered a weakened strain of Salmonella typhimurium to produce the flagellin B protein from another bacterium, Vibrio vulnificus. The engineered bacteria induced an effective antitumor immune response, successfully treating tumors in several different mouse models with no evidence of toxicity.