Axel Schonthal, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
SchoolKeck School of Medicine of Usc
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 Schönthal 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. Activation of Epstein-Barr Virus' Lytic Cycle in Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Cells by NEO212, a Conjugate of Perillyl Alcohol and Temozolomide. Cancers (Basel). 2024 Feb 26; 16(5). Hartman-Houstman H, Swenson S, Minea RO, Sinha UK, Chiang MF, Chen TC, Schönthal AH. PMID: 38473298; PMCID: PMC10931041.
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    2. From the groin to the brain: a transfemoral path to blood-brain barrier opening. Oncotarget. 2023 05 04; 14:413-416. Chen TC, Wang W, Schönthal AH. PMID: 37141417; PMCID: PMC10159364.
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    3. Intranasal Delivery of miR133b in a NEO100-Based Formulation Induces a Healing Response in Spinal Cord-Injured Mice. Cells. 2023 03 18; 12(6). Danilov CA, Thein TZ, Tahara SM, Schönthal AH, Chen TC. PMID: 36980272; PMCID: PMC10047048.
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    4. NEO212, a Perillyl Alcohol-Temozolomide Conjugate, Triggers Macrophage Differentiation of Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cells and Blocks Their Tumorigenicity. Cancers (Basel). 2022 Dec 09; 14(24). Chen TC, Minea RO, Swenson S, Yang Z, Thein TZ, Schönthal AH. PMID: 36551551; PMCID: PMC9776529.
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    5. The Monoterpenoid Perillyl Alcohol: Anticancer Agent and Medium to Overcome Biological Barriers. Pharmaceutics. 2021 Dec 16; 13(12). Chen TC, da Fonseca CO, Levin D, Schönthal AH. PMID: 34959448; PMCID: PMC8709132.
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    6. 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; PMCID: PMC8485439.
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    7. Potentially Curative Therapeutic Activity of NEO212, a Perillyl Alcohol-Temozolomide Conjugate, in Preclinical Cytarabine-Resistant Models of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Cancers (Basel). 2021 Jul 06; 13(14). Schönthal AH, Swenson S, Minea RO, Kim HN, Cho H, Mohseni N, Kim YM, Chen TC. PMID: 34298603; PMCID: PMC8305595.
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    8. Phase I trial of intranasal NEO100, highly purified perillyl alcohol, in adult patients with recurrent glioblastoma. Neurooncol Adv. 2021 Jan-Dec; 3(1):vdab005. Schönthal AH, Peereboom DM, Wagle N, Lai R, Mathew AJ, Hurth KM, Simmon VF, Howard SP, Taylor LP, Chow F, da Fonseca CO, Chen TC. PMID: 33604574; PMCID: PMC7879254.
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    9. 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; PMCID: PMC7850137.
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