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Developing a HER3 Vaccine to Prevent Resistance to Endocrine Therapy

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Annual rept. 30 Sep 2013-29 Sep 2014

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We hypothesize that immune responses to HER3 will block HER3 mediated endocrine-resistance, provide an effective therapy for endocrine- resistant patients, and eliminate the emergence of resistant clones. The study objective is to generate a clinically applicable HER3 cancer vaccine using advances in vector design that will optimize vaccine performance in clinical settings. Our preliminary data suggests that a vaccine targeting HER3 can generate polyclonal HER3 specific immune responses that have antitumor activity. Our translational studies intend to generate a GMP version of our HER3 vaccine, test its safety and immunogenicity, and then first evaluate whether HER3 vaccination in combination with standard anti-hormonal therapy in an anti-hormonal resistant population leads to increased efficacy of the standard therapy. These studies will support the long term goal of vaccinating against HER3 to prevent resistance. We have generated 4 different Ad5E2b-HER3 vectors and confirmed induction of anti-HER3 cellular and humoral-immune response and antitumor effect by Ad-HER3 vaccine in mice as preclinical basis for selection of vector construct for clinical use. We have established multiple Tam-resistant ERHER3 expressing human breast cancer cell lines and developed HETR3 activated pathway signatures using heregulin HRG as an activator of the HER3 pathway. These models will be used to identify the protein architecture associated with HER3 pathway activation.

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  • Biochemistry
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Pharmacology

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