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Oncogene. 2003 Sep 1;22(37):5876-84.

RAF antisense oligonucleotide as a tumor radiosensitizer.

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Department of Radiation Medicine, Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC 20007, USA.


The RAF-1 serine-threonine kinase plays a central role in signal transduction pathways involved in cell survival and proliferation. The concept of RAF-1-targeted disruption of cell signaling for therapeutic purposes was first advanced in 1989 with the demonstration of tumor growth inhibition in athymic mice and radiosensitization of human squamous carcinoma cells transfected with a vector expressing antisense cDNA. However, the clinical application of antisense strategies has awaited the development of improved antisense oligonucleotide technologies and drug delivery methods. Nuclease-resistant phosphorothioated antisense oligonucleotides have been the focus of pharmaceutical industry attention. In vivo delivery of nuclease-sensitive, natural backbone/phosphodiester oligonucleotides has remained a formidable challenge. Liposomal encapsulation of antisense oligonucleotides protects them from degradation and enhances drug delivery. Here, we review the importance of targeting RAF-1 signaling in cancer therapy and the preclinical and clinical experiences with a liposomal formulation of a nuclease-sensitive, ends-modified antisense RAF oligonucleotide.

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