Magnetic nanoparticles as a new approach to improve the efficacy of gene therapy against differentiated human uterine fibroid cells and tumor-initiating stem cells

Mostafa K Khater, Aymara Mas Perucho, Sara A Mohamed, Archana Laknaur, Iryna Lebedyeva, Yutao Liu, Michael P Diamond, Ayman A Al-Hendy

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OBJECTIVE: To study whether efficient transduction and subsequent elimination of fibroid tumor-initiating stem cells during debulking of tumor cells will aid in completely eradicating the tumor as well as decreasing the likelihood of recurrence.

DESIGN: Case control study.

SETTING: Research laboratory.


INTERVENTION(S): Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) complexed to adenovirus (Ad-GFP) or (Ad-LacZ) used to transfect differentiated human fibroid cells in vitro.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Rate of transduction and tumor growth inhibition.

RESULT(S): We have developed a localized nonsurgical adenovirus-based alternative for the treatment of uterine fibroids that combines viral-based gene delivery with nanotechnology for more efficient targeting. Magnetic nanoparticles complexed to adenovirus, in the presence of an external magnetic field, accelerate adenovirus transduction. We observed a statistically significant increase in transduction efficiency among differentiated human fibroid cells at two different multiplicities of infection (MOI), 1 and 10, respectively, with MNPs as compared with adenovirus alone. Human fibroid stem cells transfected with Ad-LacZ expressed β-galactosidaze at a MOI of 1, 10, and 50 at 19%, 62%, and 90%, respectively, which were statistically significantly enhanced with MNPs.

CONCLUSION(S): When applied with adenovirus herpes simplex thymidine kinase, magnetofection statistically significantly suppressed proliferation and induced apoptosis in both cell types. Through the use of magnetofection, we will prove that a lower viral dose will effectively increase the overall safety profile of suicide gene therapy against fibroid tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1638-1648.e8
JournalFertility and Sterility
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016



  • Adenovirus
  • Apoptosis
  • Cell proliferation
  • Tumor stem cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Medicine

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