Conference Dates

June 12 – 17, 2022


Human Endogenous Retroviruses (HERVs) are promising cancer vaccine targets as they are reactivated in cancers while being silent in healthy tissues. Around 8-9% of our genome is made up of HERVs and reactivation of HERVs, especially HERV-K, have been implicated in tumorigenesis via oncogenic signaling and immune evasion. As one of the means for cancer immune evasion, HERVs utilize an Immune Suppressive Domain (ISD) located in their envelope protein (Env). Here, our cancer vaccine strategy was to evaluate if adenoviral vaccines encoding a virus-like particle immunogen design including Gag for particle formation and an ISD mutated Env protein (ISDmut) as a surface target, could induce potent and efficacious immune responses. For this purpose, we used the adenoviral vectors hAd19a and hAd5.

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