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Analysis of Adeno-associated Virus Progenitor Cell Transduction in Mouse Lung

By Xiaoming Liu, Meihui Luo, Chenhong Guo, Ziying Yan, Yujiong Wang, Diana CM Lei-Butters and John F Engelhardt

Abstract

Although recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) has been widely used in lung gene therapy approaches, it remains unclear to what extent commonly used AAV serotypes transduce adult progenitors in the lung. In this study, we evaluated the life span and proliferative capacity of rAAV1-, 2-, and 5-transduced airway cells in mouse lung, using a LacZ-CRE reporter transgenic model and Cre-expressing rAAV. In this model, the expression of CRE recombinase led to permanent genetic marking of transduced cells and their descendants with LacZ. To investigate whether the rAAV-transduced cells included airway progenitors, we injured the airways of rAAV-infected mice with Naphthalene, while simultaneously labeling with 5-bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) to identify slow-cycling progenitor/stem cells that entered the cell cycle and retained label. Both rAAV5 and rAAV1 vectors were capable of transducing a subset of long-lived Clara cells and alveolar type II (ATII) cells that retained nucleotide label and proliferated following lung injury. Importantly, rAAV1 and 5 appeared to preferentially transduce conducting airway epithelial progenitors that had the capacity to clonally expand, both in culture and in vivo following lung injury. These studies suggest that rAAV may be a useful vector for gene targeting of airway stem/progenitor cells

Topics: Original Articles
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:2665184
Provided by: PubMed Central
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