RAD51 and BRCA2 enhance oncolytic adenovirus type 5 activity in ovarian cancer

Laura A. Tookman, Ashley K. Browne, Claire M. Connell, Gemma Bridge, Carin K. Ingemarsdotter, Suzanne Dowson, Atsushi Shibata, Michelle Lockley, Sarah A. Martin, Iain A. McNeish

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Homologous recombination (HR) function is critically important in high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC). HGSOC with intact HR has a worse prognosis and is less likely to respond to platinum chemotherapy and PARP inhibitors. Oncolytic adenovirus, a novel therapy for human malignancies, stimulates a potent DNA damage response that influences overall antitumor activity. Here, the importance of HR was investigated by determining the efficacy of adenovirus type 5 (Ad5) vectors in ovarian cancer. Using matched BRCA2-mutant and wild-type HGSOC cells, it was demonstrated that intact HR function promotes viral DNA replication and augments overall efficacy, without influencing viral DNA processing. These data were confirmed in a wider panel of HR competent and defective ovarian cancer lines. Mechanistically, both BRCA2 and RAD51 localize to viral replication centers within the infected cell nucleus and that RAD51 localization occurs independently of BRCA2. In addition, a direct interaction was identified between RAD51 and adenovirus E2 DNA binding protein. Finally, using functional assays of HR competence, despite inducing degradation of MRE11, Ad5 infection does not alter cellular ability to repair DNA double-strand break damage via HR. These data reveal that Ad5 redistributes critical HR components to viral replication centers and enhances cytotoxicity. Implications: Oncolytic adenoviral therapy may be most clinically relevant in tumors with intact HR function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-55
Number of pages12
JournalMolecular Cancer Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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