Immune cells: more than simple carriers for systemic delivery of oncolytic viruses

Oncolytic Virother. 2014;3:83-91. doi: 10.2147/OV.S47143.


Oncolytic virotherapy on its own has numerous drawbacks, including an inability of the virus to actively target tumor cells and systemic toxicities at the high doses necessary to effectively treat tumors. Addition of immune cell-based carriers of oncolytic viruses holds promise as a technique in which oncolytic virus can be delivered directly to tumors in smaller and less toxic doses. Interestingly, the cell carriers themselves have also demonstrated antitumor effects, which can be augmented further by tailoring the appropriate oncolytic virus to the appropriate cell type. This review discusses the multiple factors that go into devising an effective, cell-based delivery system for oncolytic viruses.

Keywords: cancer therapy; cell carrier; immune cells; myeloid-derived suppressor cells; oncolytic virus.