The broad long term goal of this application is to design, develop and optimize the next-generation of pegylated C6-ceramide cationic liposomal formulations for treatment of large granular lymphocyte (LGL) leukemia. LGL leukemia arises from clonal proliferation of either T cells or natural killer (NK) cells. There is no known curative therapy for patients with LGL leukemia. Leukemic LGL are resistant to Fas-induced apoptosis and display high levels of activated STAT3, a critical mediator of oncogenic signaling. Inhibition of STAT3 in leukemic LGL causes a decrease in survival protein Mcl-1 and an increased sensitivity to Fas-mediated apoptosis. The foundation of this application is a first generation C6-ceramide nanoliposome which has been adopted as platform technology by the Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory of the National Cancer Institute.
The specific aims are focused around the central hypothesis that nano-scale, non- aggregating C6-ceramide liposomes offer exquisitely sensitive, selective, non-toxic, stealthy, biodegradable and responsive platforms for systemically targeting hydrophobic chemotherapeutic drugs and/or siRNA to LGL leukemic cells. The potential clinical usefulness of multi-functional nanoliposomes, designed to deliver cell-permeable analogs of ceramide (C6 ceramide) as well as target-specific siRNA and/or Methotrexate, will be tested in a Fischer F344 rat model of LGL leukemia. It is hypothesized that simultaneous delivery of Methotrexate and/or siRNA in a ceramide-incorporated liposome will have synergistic efficacy in LGL leukemia. The first specific Aim will test the hypothesis that systemic delivery of liposomal short-chain ceramide inhibits LGL leukemia in an established animal model.
Specific Aim 2 will test the hypothesis that the pegylated cationic liposomes allow delivery of inhibitory siRNA and chemotherapeutic drugs into LGL leukemic cells in vitro and in vivo, such that their anti-leukemic activity is enhanced.
Specific Aim 3 will test the hypothesis that conjugation of a monoclonal antibody to CD8, the specific marker for LGL leukemia, will target the therapeutic liposomes to LGL leukemic cells in vitro and in vivo. Experiments in specific aim 3 are important proof-of-principle studies for delivery of immunoliposomes by targeting surface antigens expressed on cancer cells. Development of this second generation cancer nanotechnology platform as outlined in this application has potential for improved cancer therapeutics.

Public Health Relevance

The goal of this application is to develop therapy for large granular lymphocyte (LGL) leukemia using a novel cancer nanotechnology platform. We propose to administer systemically targeted C6-ceramide cationic nanoimmunoliposome formulations encapsulating methotrexate and siRNAs to an established animal model of LGL leukemia. These studies will provide the foundation for utilizing this therapeutic approach in human subjects with this incurable disease.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Type
Research Project (R01)
Project #
5R01CA133525-03
Application #
7768458
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-NANO-M (01))
Program Officer
Fu, Yali
Project Start
2008-03-01
Project End
2013-01-31
Budget Start
2010-02-01
Budget End
2011-01-31
Support Year
3
Fiscal Year
2010
Total Cost
$313,325
Indirect Cost
Name
Pennsylvania State University
Department
Internal Medicine/Medicine
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
129348186
City
Hershey
State
PA
Country
United States
Zip Code
17033
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