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High-efficiency transduction of human lymphoid progenitor cells and expression in differentiated T cells.

By D S An, Y Koyanagi, J Q Zhao, R Akkina, G Bristol, N Yamamoto, J A Zack and I S Chen

Abstract

Gene therapy strategies for humans have been limited by low transduction efficiencies and poor expression of retroviral vectors in differentiated progeny cells carrying the transduced vector. Here we describe a strategy utilizing a cell surface reporter gene, murine thy-1.2, selectable by fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS), to achieve higher gene marking efficiencies. Human CD34-positive cells were transduced by a murine retroviral vector bearing the thy-1.2 marker and pseudotyped with vesicular stomatitis virus G protein, followed by FACS to enrich for CD34-positive cells that express Thy-1.2 on the cell surface. Gene marking and expression after differentiation into thymocytes were assessed in a SCID-hu Thy/Liv mouse model for human lymphoid progenitor cell gene therapy. We found that virtually all of the differentiated T-cell progeny were marked with vector sequences. It is of particular importance that reconstitution with the selected cells resulted in expression of Thy-1.2 in up to 71% of donor-derived thymocytes. It is of note that the donor-derived thymocytes that did not express Thy-1.2 still harbored vector thy-1.2 sequences, suggesting repression of transgene expression in some cells during progenitor cell differentiation into thymocytes. These studies provide a proof of concept for efficient expression of transgenes through T-lymphoid differentiation and a potential basis for utilizing similar strategies in human gene therapy clinical trials

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1997
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:191196
Provided by: PubMed Central
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