Prevention of death from metastases by immune RNA therapy

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Science  06 Oct 1978:
Vol. 202, Issue 4363, pp. 59-60
DOI: 10.1126/science.694519


The effect of immune RNA treatment on the incidence of death from pulmonary metastases was studied in C57BL/6J mice after excision of a B16 murine melanoma. Immune RNA was extracted from the lymphoid tissues of guinea pigs immunized with B16 tumor and then incubated in vitro with normal C57BL/6J mouse splenocytes. Mice receiving intraperitoneal injections of these RNA-treated syngeneic splenocytes after the primary B16 isograft was resectioned showed significantly improved long-term survival (42 to 67 percent in three successive experiments) as compared to control mice (0 to 20 percent survival) receiving untreated splenocytes. The effect of RNA treatment was tumor-specific and ribonuclease sensitive. The results suggest that immunotherapy with immune RNA may be of benefit to certain patients after surgery for cancer.