Axel Schonthal, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
AddressHMR 405A 2011 Zonal Avenue
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089
Phone+1 323 442 1730
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    University of Karlsruhe, GermanyPhDMolecular Biology
    UC San Diego, San Diego, CAPostdocCancer Biology

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    The Schonthal lab performs preclinical cancer research and pursues anticancer drug development. The main focus is on brain malignancies, which include primary brain cancers (such as glioblastoma) and secondary brain cancers (such as melanoma or breast cancer that has spread to the brain). The work is done in collaboration with Dr. Thomas Chen, a neurosurgeon and Director of the USC Brain Tumor Group. This joint approach supports interdisciplinary efforts that translate laboratory findings to patient applications.

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    1. Enhanced brain delivery and therapeutic activity of trastuzumab after blood-brain barrier opening by NEO100 in mouse models of brain-metastatic breast cancer. Neuro Oncol. 2021 10 01; 23(10):1656-1667. Wang W, He H, Marín-Ramos NI, Zeng S, Swenson SD, Cho HY, Fu J, Beringer PM, Neman J, Chen L, Schönthal AH, Chen TC. PMID: 33659980.
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    2. NEO100 enables brain delivery of blood‒brain barrier impermeable therapeutics. Neuro Oncol. 2021 01 30; 23(1):63-75. Wang W, Marín-Ramos NI, He H, Zeng S, Cho HY, Swenson SD, Zheng L, Epstein AL, Schönthal AH, Hofman FM, Chen L, Chen TC. PMID: 32877532.
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    3. Developing a clinically relevant radiosensitizer for temozolomide-resistant gliomas. PLoS One. 2020; 15(9):e0238238. Minea RO, Duc TC, Swenson SD, Cho HY, Huang M, Hartman H, Hofman FM, Schönthal AH, Chen TC. PMID: 32881880.
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    4. Cytotoxic impact of a perillyl alcohol-temozolomide conjugate, NEO212, on cutaneous T-cell lymphoma in vitro. Ther Adv Med Oncol. 2019; 11:1758835919891567. Silva-Hirschberg C, Hartman H, Stack S, Swenson S, Minea RO, Davitz MA, Chen TC, Schönthal AH. PMID: 31839810.
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    5. Efficient brain targeting and therapeutic intracranial activity of bortezomib through intranasal co-delivery with NEO100 in rodent glioblastoma models. J Neurosurg. 2019 Mar 15; 132(3):959-967. Wang W, Swenson S, Cho HY, Hofman FM, Schönthal AH, Chen TC. PMID: 30875688.
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    6. NEO412: A temozolomide analog with transdermal activity in melanoma in vitro and in vivo. Oncotarget. 2018 Dec 11; 9(97):37026-37041. Swenson S, Silva-Hirschberg C, Wang W, Singh A, Hofman FM, Chen KL, Schönthal AH, Chen TC. PMID: 30651933.
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    7. Rare Stochastic Expression of O6-Methylguanine- DNA Methyltransferase (MGMT) in MGMT-Negative Melanoma Cells Determines Immediate Emergence of Drug-Resistant Populations upon Treatment with Temozolomide In Vitro and In Vivo. Cancers (Basel). 2018 Sep 28; 10(10). Chen TC, Chan N, Minea RO, Hartman H, Hofman FM, Schönthal AH. PMID: 30274152.
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    8. A perillyl alcohol-conjugated analog of 3-bromopyruvate without cellular uptake dependency on monocarboxylate transporter 1 and with activity in 3-BP-resistant tumor cells. Cancer Lett. 2017 08 01; 400:161-174. Chen TC, Yu J, Nouri Nigjeh E, Wang W, Myint PT, Zandi E, Hofman FM, Schönthal AH. PMID: 28450161.
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