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IUBMB Life. 2012 Apr;64(4):324-30. doi: 10.1002/iub.1002. Epub 2012 Feb 23.

PolyIC GE11 polyplex inhibits EGFR-overexpressing tumors.

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Cyclotron/Radiochemistry Unit/Nuclear Medicine Department, Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel.


Phage display has identified the dodecapeptide YHWYGYTPQNVI (GE11) as a ligand that binds to the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) but does not activate the receptor. Here, we compare the EGFR binding affinities of GE11, EGF, and their polyethyleneimine-polyethyleneglycol (PEI-PEG) conjugates. We found that although GE11 by itself does not exhibit measurable affinity to the EGFR, tethering it to PEI-PEG increases its affinity markedly, and complex formation with polyinosine/cytosine (polyIC) further enhances the affinity to the submicromolar range. PolyIC/PPGE11 has a similar strong antitumor effect against EGFR overexpressing tumors in vitro and in vivo, as polyIC/polyethyleneimine-polyetheleneglycol-EGF (polyIC/PP-EGF). Absence of EGFR activation, as previously shown by us and easier production of GE11 and GE11 conjugates, confer polyIC/PPGE11 a significant advantage over similar EGF-based polyplexes as a potential therapy of EGFR overexpressing tumors.

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