Grant ID RP200615
Awarded On August 19, 2020
Title Small RNA Nanovector based Targeted Immunotherapy for Glioblastoma
Program Academic Research
Award Mechanism High Impact/High Risk
Institution/Organization The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Principal Investigator/Program Director Tae Jin Lee
Cancer Sites Brain and Other Nervous System
Contracted Amount $250,000*

*Pending contract negotiation

Lay Summary

Glioblastoma (GBM) patients, one of the most deadly forms of human cancer, have not been benefited from the recent progress in immune checkpoint inhibitor-based immunotherapy mainly due to immune edition from aberrant dysregulation of gene expressions in tumor cells and poor innate immune response from tumor-supportive tumor microenvironment (TME) that is educated by tumor cell-secreting immunosuppressive cytokines. In order to prime the "cold" tumor cells and the immunosuppressive TME including tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) to become sensitive to such attractive immunotherapy, their aberrantly deregulated gene expressions across various signaling pathways need to be reprogrammed by gl...

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