Cancer Suicide Gene Therapy with TK.007

  • Jubayer A. Hossain
  • Kristoffer Riecken
  • Hrvoje MileticEmail author
  • Boris FehseEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1895)


Cancer is a devastating disease characterized by uncontrolled and aggressive cell growth. Suicide gene therapy (SGT) facilitating induction of malignancy-specific cell death represents a novel therapeutic approach to treat cancer, which has been investigated in several cancer types with very promising results. In addition, SGT has been suggested as a safeguard in adoptive immunotherapy and regenerative-medicine settings. Generally, SGT consists of two steps—vector-mediated delivery of suicide genes into tumors and subsequent activation of the suicide mechanism, e.g., by administration of a specific prodrug. This chapter provides a framework of protocols for basic and translational research using the Herpes-simplex-virus thymidine kinase (HSV-TK)/ganciclovir (GCV) system, the most widely used suicide gene approach. The protocols provide standard guidelines for the preparation of high-titer third-generation lentiviral vectors encoding a genetically improved HSV-TK version known as TK.007 and its application in in vitro and in vivo treatment setups.

Key words

Cancer gene therapy Suicide gene therapy HSV-TK Lentiviral vectors Glioblastoma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiomedicineUniversity of BergenBergenNorway
  2. 2.KG Jebsen Brain Tumor Research CentreUniversity of BergenBergenNorway
  3. 3.Department of PathologyHaukeland University HospitalBergenNorway
  4. 4.Research Department Cell and Gene Therapy, Department of Stem Cell TransplantationUniversity Medical Center Hamburg-EppendorfHamburgGermany

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