Faculty

Axel Schonthal

Axel Schonthal

Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology;Associate Dean for Biomedical Master's Programs
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
HMR 405A 2011 Zonal Avenue Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles

The Monoterpenoid Perillyl Alcohol: Anticancer Agent and Medium to Overcome Biological Barriers Pharmaceutics. 2021 Dec 16; 13(12). . View in PubMed

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). . View in PubMed

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. . View in PubMed

Phase I trial of intranasal NEO100, highly purified perillyl alcohol, in adult patients with recurrent glioblastoma Neurooncol Adv. 2021 Jan-Dec; 3(1):vdab005. . View in PubMed

Neuro Oncol. 2021 01 30; 23(1):63-75. . View in PubMed

Developing a clinically relevant radiosensitizer for temozolomide-resistant gliomas PLoS One. 2020; 15(9):e0238238. . View in PubMed

Adjuvant effect of low-carbohydrate diet on outcomes of patients with recurrent glioblastoma under intranasal perillyl alcohol therapy Surg Neurol Int. 2020; 11:389. . View in PubMed

Pharmacokinetic properties of the temozolomide perillyl alcohol conjugate (NEO212) in mice Neurooncol Adv. 2020 Jan-Dec; 2(1):vdaa160. . View in PubMed

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. . View in PubMed

Cytotoxic impact of a perillyl alcohol-temozolomide conjugate, NEO212, on cutaneous T-cell lymphoma in vitro Ther Adv Med Oncol. 2019; 11:1758835919891567. . View in PubMed

NEO412: A temozolomide analog with transdermal activity in melanoma in vitro and in vivo Oncotarget. 2018 Dec 11; 9(97):37026-37041. . View in PubMed

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). . View in PubMed

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. . View in PubMed

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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