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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350683/ccat1-stimulation-of-the-symmetric-division-of-nsclc-stem-cells-through-activation-of-the-wnt-signalling-cascade
#1
Chongwen Xu, Guodong Xiao, Boxiang Zhang, Meng Wang, Jichang Wang, Dapeng Liu, Jing Zhang, Hong Ren, Xin Sun
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the leading cause of cancer-related mortalities worldwide, yet this condition remains a poorly understood malignancy, and the subgroup of cancer stem cells (CSCs) leading to therapeutic resistance and adverse prognosis have not been well studied. CSCs frequently undergo symmetric division, which facilitates expansion of the stem cell pool, contributing to long-term relapse and therapy failure. CCAT1 could act as a miRNA sponge to influence downstream genes; however, its roles in NSCLC stem cell are unclear...
January 19, 2018: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350682/conditional-replication-of-oncolytic-viruses-based-on-detection-of-oncogenic-mrna
#2
REVIEW
M Renteln
Recently, split intein-based detection sensors for RNA have been developed that can target custom sequences in a modular fashion. If multi-region, multi-sample sequencing were to be applied to a patient's cancer, truncal (i.e., earliest-occurring) mutations could be identified and could serve as targets for these sense-and-respond modules. The next step would be to utilize an effective vector for treatment. A hyper-virulent herpes simplex virus could possibly serve as this vector, with concurrent immunosuppression to allow for unhindered infection of the tumor regions...
January 19, 2018: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350681/aav-9-mediated-phosphatase-1-inhibitor-1-overexpression-improves-cardiac-contractility-in-unchallenged-mice-but-is-deleterious-in-pressure-overload
#3
D M Schwab, L Tilemann, R Bauer, M Heckmann, A Jungmann, M Wagner, J Burgis, C Vettel, H A Katus, A El-Armouche, O J Müller
The downregulation of β-adrenergic receptors (β-AR) and decreased cAMP-dependent protein kinase activity in failing hearts results in decreased phosphorylation and inactivation of phosphatase-inhibitor-1 (I-1), a distal amplifier element of β-adrenergic signaling, leading to increased protein phosphatase 1 activity and dephosphorylation of key phosphoproteins, including phospholamban. Downregulated and hypophosphorylated I-1 likely contributes to β-AR desensitization; therefore its modulation is a promising approach in heart failure treatment...
January 19, 2018: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29188796/in-situ-regeneration-of-retinal-pigment-epithelium-by-gene-transfer-of-e2f2-a-potential-strategy-for-treatment-of-macular-degenerations
#4
D Kampik, M Basche, U F O Luhmann, K M Nishiguchi, J A E Williams, J Greenwood, S E Moss, H Han, S Azam, Y Duran, S J Robbie, J W B Bainbridge, D F Larkin, A J Smith, R R Ali
The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) interacts closely with photoreceptors to maintain visual function. In degenerative diseases such as Stargardt disease and age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the developed world, RPE cell loss is followed by photoreceptor cell death. RPE cells can proliferate under certain conditions, suggesting an intrinsic regenerative potential, but so far this has not been utilised therapeutically. Here, we used E2F2 to induce RPE cell replication and thereby regeneration...
November 30, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29188795/minority-report-targeting-emerging-viruses-before-their-emergence
#5
B D Greenbaum, N Vabret
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 30, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155421/characterization-of-neural-stem-cells-modified-with-hypoxia-neuron-specific-vegf-expression-system-for-spinal-cord-injury
#6
Y Yun, J Oh, Y Kim, G Kim, M Lee, Y Ha
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is an incurable disease causing an ischemic environment and functional defect, thus a new therapeutic approach is needed for SCI treatment. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a potent therapeutic gene to treat SCI via angiogenesis and neuroprotection, and both tissue-specific gene expression and high gene delivery efficiency are important for successful gene therapy. Here we design the hypoxia/neuron dual-specific gene expression system (pEpo-NSE) and efficient gene delivery platform can be achieved by the combination ex vivo gene therapy with erythropoietin (Epo) enhancer, neuron-specific enolase (NSE) promoter and neural stem cells (NSCs)...
November 20, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143813/ship1-but-not-an-aml-derived-ship1-mutant-suppresses-myeloid-leukemia-growth-in-a-xenotransplantation-mouse-model
#7
M Täger, S Horn, E Latuske, P Ehm, M Schaks, M Nalaskowski, B Fehse, W Fiedler, C Stocking, J Wellbrock, M Jücker
Constitutive activation of the PI3K/AKT signaling pathway is found in ~50-70% of AML patients. The SH2-containing inositol 5-phosphatase 1 (SHIP1) is a negative regulator of PI3K/AKT signaling in hematopoietic cells. SHIP1 knockout mice develop a myeloproliferative syndrome and concomitant deletion of SHIP1 and the tumor suppressor PTEN leads to the development of lethal B-cell lymphomas. In the study presented here, we investigated the role of SHIP1 as a tumor suppressor in myeloid leukemia cells in an in vivo xenograft transplantation model...
November 16, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106404/strategy-to-detect-pre-existing-immunity-to-aav-gene-therapy
#8
L Falese, K Sandza, B Yates, S Triffault, S Gangar, B Long, L Tsuruda, B Carter, C Vettermann, S J Zoog, S Fong
Gene therapy may offer a new treatment option, particularly for patients with severe hemophilia, based on recent research. However, individuals with pre-existing immunity to adeno-associated viruses (AAVs) may be less likely to benefit from AAV vector-based therapies. To study pre-existing AAV5 immunity in humans, we validated two complementary, sensitive, and scalable in vitro assays to detect AAV5 total antibodies and transduction inhibition (TI). Using these two assays, we found that 53% of samples from 100 healthy male individuals were negative in both assays, 18% were positive in both assays, 5% were positive for total antibodies but negative for TI and, of interest, 24% were negative for total antibodies but positive for TI activity, suggesting the presence of non-antibody‒based neutralizing factors in human plasma...
November 6, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106403/adipose-tissue-a-new-target-for-electroporation-enhanced-dna-vaccines
#9
P D Fisher, C J Brambila, J R McCoy, W B Kiosses, J M Mendoza, J Oh, B S Yung, K Schultheis, T R F Smith, K E Broderick
DNA vaccines delivered using electroporation (EP) have had clinical success, but these EP methods generally utilize invasive needle electrodes. Here, we demonstrate the delivery and immunogenicity of a DNA vaccine into subcutaneous adipose tissue cells using noninvasive EP. Using finite element analysis, we predicted that plate electrodes, when oriented properly, could effectively concentrate the electric field within adipose tissue. In practice, these electrodes generated widespread gene expression persisting for at least 60 days in vivo within interscapular subcutaneous fat pads of guinea pigs...
November 6, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905887/an-efficient-non-viral-dendritic-vector-for-gene-delivery-in-tissue-engineering
#10
D P Walsh, A Heise, F J O'Brien, S-A Cryan
Recent developments within the field of tissue engineering (TE) have shown that biomaterial scaffold systems can be augmented via the incorporation of gene therapeutics. The objective of this study was to assess the potential of the activated polyamidoamine dendrimer (dPAMAM) transfection reagent (SuperfectTM) as a gene delivery system to mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in both monolayer and 3D culture on collagen based scaffolds. dPAMAM-pDNA polyplexes at a mass ratio (M:R) 10:1 (dPAMAM : pDNA) (1 ug pDNA) were capable of facilitating prolonged reporter gene expression in monolayer MSCs which was superior to that facilitated using polyethylenimine (PEI)-pDNA polyplexes (2 ug pDNA)...
November 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905885/long-term-correction-of-hemophilia-a-mice-following-lentiviral-mediated-delivery-of-an-optimized-canine-factor-viii-gene
#11
J M Staber, M J Pollpeter, C-G Anderson, M Burrascano, A L Cooney, P L Sinn, D T Rutkowski, W C Raschke, P B McCray
Current therapies for hemophilia A include frequent prophylactic or on-demand intravenous factor treatments which are costly, inconvenient and may lead to inhibitor formation. Viral vector delivery of factor VIII (FVIII) cDNA has the potential to alleviate the debilitating clotting defects. Lentiviral-based vectors delivered to murine models of hemophilia A mediate phenotypic correction. However, a limitation of lentiviral-mediated FVIII delivery is inefficient transduction of target cells. Here, we engineer a feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) -based lentiviral vector pseudotyped with the baculovirus GP64 envelope glycoprotein to mediate efficient gene transfer to mouse hepatocytes...
November 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820502/oligonucleotide-targeting-periostin-ameliorates-pulmonary-fibrosis
#12
A Tomaru, T Kobayashi, J A Hinneh, P Baffour Tonto, C N D'Alessandro-Gabazza, H Fujimoto, K Fujiwara, Y Takahashi, M Ohnishi, T Yasuma, K Nishihama, M Yoshino, K Takao, M Toda, T Totoki, Y Takei, K Yoshikawa, O Taguchi, E C Gabazza
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a fatal disease with a median survival of 3-4 years after diagnosis. It is the most frequent form of a group of interstitial pneumonias of unknown etiology. Current available therapies prevent deterioration of lung function but no therapy has shown to improve survival. Periostin is a matricellular protein of the fasciclin 1 family. There is increased deposition of periostin in lung fibrotic tissues. Here we evaluated whether small interfering RNA or antisense oligonucleotide against periostin inhibits lung fibrosis by direct administration into the lung by intranasal route...
November 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805796/bifidobacterium-breve-as-a-delivery-vector-of-il-24-gene-therapy-for-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-in-vivo
#13
L Wang, I Vuletic, D Deng, W Crielaard, Z Xie, K Zhou, J Zhang, H Sun, Q Ren, C Guo
Beneficial bacteria are becoming ever more popular gene delivery method for hypoxia-tumor targeting in vivo. In this study we investigated the therapeutic effect of new recombinant Bifidobacterium breve strain expressing interleukin (IL)-24 gene (B. breve-IL24) on head and neck tumor xenograft in mice. Briefly, B. breve transformants were obtained through electro-transformation. Bacteria-tumor-targeting ability were analyzed in vivo over different time points (1, 3 and 7 days post-bacteria injection). Furthermore, the therapeutic effect of bacteria on tumor cells in vivo were analyzed as follows: 30 Balb/c nude mice bearing subcutaneous tumor were randomly divided in three groups (Drug group, green fluorescent protein (GFP) group and Saline group)...
November 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057994/effects-of-herpes-simplex-virus-vectors-encoding-poreless-trpv1-or-protein-phosphatase-1%C3%AE-in-a-rat-cystitis-model-induced-by-hydrogen-peroxide
#14
S Takai, T Majima, B Reinhart, W F Goins, Y Funahashi, M Gotoh, P Tyagi, J C Glorioso, N Yoshimura
Enhanced afferent excitability is considered to be an important pathophysiological basis of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS). In addition, transient receptor potential vanilloid-1 (TRPV1) receptors are known to be involved in afferent sensitization. Animals with hydrogen peroxide (HP)-induced cystitis have been used as a model exhibiting pathologic characteristics of chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder. This study investigated the effect of gene therapy with replication-defective herpes simplex virus (HSV) vectors encoding poreless TRPV1 (PL) or protein phosphatase 1 α (PP1α), a negative regulator of TRPV1, using a HP-induced rat model of cystitis...
October 20, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984845/site-directed-rna-editing-by-adenosine-deaminase-acting-on-rna-for-correction-of-the-genetic-code-in-gene-therapy
#15
Md T A Azad, S Bhakta, T Tsukahara
Site-directed RNA editing is an important technique for correcting gene sequences and ultimately tuning protein function. In this study, we engineered the deaminase domain of adenosine deaminase acting on RNA (ADAR1) and the MS2 system to target-specific adenosines, with the goal of correcting G-to-A mutations at the RNA level. For this purpose, the ADAR1 deaminase domain was fused downstream of the RNA-binding protein MS2, which has affinity for the MS2 RNA. To direct editing to specific targets, we designed guide RNAs complementary to target RNAs...
October 6, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345252/optimization-of-lentiviral-vector-production-for-scale-up-in-fixed-bed-bioreactor
#16
A J Valkama, H M Leinonen, E M Lipponen, V Turkki, J Malinen, T Heikura, S Ylä-Herttuala, H P Lesch
Lentiviral vectors (LVs) are promising tools for gene therapy. However, scaling up the production methods of LVs in order to produce high-quality vectors for clinical purposes has proven to be difficult. In this article, we present a scalable and efficient method to produce LVs with transient transfection of adherent 293T cells in a fixed-bed bioreactor. The disposable iCELLis bioreactors are scalable with a large three-dimensional (3D) growth area range between 0.53 and 500 m2, an integrated perfusion system, and a controllable environment for production...
October 5, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905886/time-series-oligonucleotide-count-to-assign-antiviral-sirnas-with-long-utility-fit-in-the-big-data-era
#17
K Wada, Y Wada, Y Iwasaki, T Ikemura
Oligonucleotides are key elements of nucleic acid therapeutics such as small interfering RNAs (siRNAs). Influenza and Ebolaviruses are zoonotic RNA viruses mutating very rapidly, and their sequence changes must be characterized intensively to design therapeutic oligonucleotides with long utility. Focusing on a total of 182 experimentally validated siRNAs for influenza A, B and Ebolaviruses compiled by the siRNA database, we conducted time-series analyses of occurrences of siRNA targets in these viral genomes...
October 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880020/novel-gp64-envelope-variants-for-improved-delivery-to-human-airway-epithelial-cells
#18
P L Sinn, B-Y Hwang, N Li, J L S Ortiz, E Shirazi, K R Parekh, A L Cooney, D V Schaffer, P B McCray
Lentiviral vectors pseudotyped with the baculovirus envelope protein GP64 transduce primary cultures of human airway epithelia (HAE) at their apical surface. Our goal in this study was to harness a directed evolution approach to develop a novel envelope glycoprotein with increased transduction properties for HAE. Using error-prone PCR, a library of GP64 mutants was generated and used to prepare a diverse pool of lentiviral virions pseudotyped with GP64 variants. The library was serially passaged on HAE and three GP64 mutations were recovered...
October 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805798/repeated-aav-mediated-gene-transfer-by-serotype-switching-enables-long-lasting-therapeutic-levels-of-hugt1a1-enzyme-in-a-mouse-model-of-crigler-najjar-syndrome-type-i
#19
L Bočkor, G Bortolussi, A Iaconcig, G Chiaruttini, C Tiribelli, M Giacca, F Benvenuti, L Zentilin, A F Muro
Adeno-associated virus (AAV) -mediated gene therapy is a promising strategy to treat liver-based monogenic diseases. However, two major obstacles limit its success: first, vector dilution in actively dividing cells, such as hepatocytes in neonates/children, due to the non-integrating nature of the vector; second, development of an immune response against the transgene and/or viral vector. Crigler-Najjar Syndrome Type I is a rare monogenic disease with neonatal onset, caused by mutations in the liver-specific UGT1 gene, with toxic accumulation of unconjugated bilirubin in plasma, tissues and brain...
October 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771235/systemic-gene-delivery-transduces-the-enteric-nervous-system-of-guinea-pigs-and-cynomolgus-macaques
#20
S E Gombash, C J Cowley, J A Fitzgerald, C A Lepak, M G Neides, K Hook, L J Todd, G-D Wang, C Mueller, B K Kaspar, E C Bielefeld, A J Fischer, J D Wood, K D Foust
Characterization of adeno-associated viral vector (AAV) mediated gene delivery to the enteric nervous system (ENS) was recently described in mice and rats. In these proof-of-concept experiments, we show that intravenous injections of clinically relevant AAVs can transduce the ENS in guinea pigs and non-human primates. Neonatal guinea pigs were given intravenous injections of either AAV8 or AAV9 vectors that contained a green fluorescent protein (GFP) expression cassette or phosphate-buffered saline. Piglets were euthanized three weeks post injection and tissues were harvested for immunofluorescent analysis...
October 2017: Gene Therapy
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