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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910044/cell-based-measurement-of-neutralizing-antibodies-against-adeno-associated-virus-aav
#1
Andreas Jungmann, Oliver Müller, Kleopatra Rapti
In recent years gene therapy using adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors to treat cardiac disease has seen an unprecedented surge, owing to its safety, low immunogenicity relative to other vectors and high and long-term transduction efficiency. This field has also been hampered by the presence of preexisting neutralizing antibodies, not only in patients participating in clinical trials but also in preclinical large animal models. These conflicting circumstances have generated the need for a simple, efficient, and fast assay to screen subjects for the presence of neutralizing antibodies, or lack thereof, in order for them to be included in gene therapy trials...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910043/production-and-characterization-of-vectors-based-on-the-cardiotropic-aav-serotype-9
#2
Erik Kohlbrenner, Thomas Weber
Vectors based on adeno-associated virus serotype 9 (AAV9) efficiently transduce cardiomyocytes in both rodents and large animal models upon either systemic or regional vector delivery. In this chapter, we describe the most widely used production and purification method of AAV9. This production approach does not depend on the use of a helpervirus but instead on transient transfection of HEK293T cells with a plasmid containing the recombinant AAV genome and a second plasmid encoding the AAV9 capsid proteins, the AAV Rep proteins and the adenoviral helper functions...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910039/silencing-genes-in-the-heart
#3
Henry Fechner, Roland Vetter, Jens Kurreck, Wolfgang Poller
Silencing of cardiac genes by RNA interference (RNAi) has developed into a powerful new method to treat cardiac diseases. Small interfering (si)RNAs are the inducers of RNAi, but cultured primary cardiomyocytes and heart are highly resistant to siRNA transfection. This can be overcome by delivery of small hairpin (sh)RNAs or artificial microRNA (amiRNAs) by cardiotropic adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors. Here we describe as example of the silencing of a cardiac gene, the generation and cloning of shRNA, and amiRNAs directed against the cardiac protein phospholamban...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903483/therapeutic-benefits-and-adverse-effects-of-combined-pro-angiogenic-gene-therapy-in-mouse-critical-leg-ischemia
#4
Benoît Lebas, Julien Galley, Edith Renaud-Gabardos, Françoise Pujol, Françoise Lenfant, Barbara Garmy-Susini, Xavier Chaufour, Anne-Catherine Prats
OBJECTIVE: Critical leg ischemia (CLI) represents the ultimate stage of peripheral arterial disease. Despite current surgery advances, patients with CLI have limited therapeutic options. Therapeutic angiogenesis thus appears as a powerful approach, aiming to stimulate vessel formation by angiogenic molecules administration. In this context, combined gene therapy has proved the most efficient. The present study aims to compare, in a preclinical mouse model, the therapeutic benefit of a combination of two angiogenic factors FGF2 (fibroblast growth factor 2) and Cyr61 using plasmid and viral vectors, able to generate short or long-term transgene expression in the leg, respectively...
November 26, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903222/sustained-elabela-gene-therapy-in-high-salt-induced-hypertensive-rats
#5
Claire A Schreiber, Sara J Holditch, Alex Generous, Yasuhiro Ikeda
BACKGROUND: Elabela (ELA) is a recently identified apelin receptor agonist essential for cardiac development, but its biology and therapeutic potential are unclear. In humans ELA transcripts are detected in embryonic stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells, kidney, heart and blood vessels. ELA through the apelin receptor promotes angiogenesis in vitro, relaxes murine aortic blood vessels and attenuates high blood pressure in vivo. The apelin receptor when bound to its original ligand, apelin, exerts peripheral vasodilatory and positive inotropic effects, conferring cardioprotection in vivo...
November 21, 2016: Current Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903072/a-5-non-coding-exon-containing-engineered-intron-enhances-transgene-expression-from-recombinant-aav-vectors-in-vivo
#6
Jiamiao Lu, James A Williams, James Luke, Feijie Zhang, Kirk Chu, Mark A Kay
We previously developed a mini-intronic plasmid (MIP) expression system in which the essential bacterial elements for plasmid replication and selection are placed within an engineered intron contained within a universal 5'UTR non-coding exon. Like minicircle DNA plasmids (devoid of bacterial backbone sequences), MIP plasmids overcome transcriptional silencing of the transgene. However, in addition MIP plasmids increase transgene expression by 2 and often >10 times higher than minicircle vectors in vivo and in vitro...
November 30, 2016: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902354/humoral-immune-system-targets-clonotypic-antibody-associated-hepatitis-c-virus
#7
Amruta S Naik, Brendan A Palmer, Orla Crossbie, Elizabeth Kenny-Walsh, Liam J Fanning
Hypervariable region 1 (HVR1) is one of the potential neutralisation domains in the E2 glycoprotein of Hepatitis C virus (HCV). Point mutations of the HVR1 can lead to humoral immune escape in HCV infected patients. In this study we segregated the chronically infected viraemic sera from HCV infected patients into populations of antibody free virus (AFV) and antibody associated virus (AAV) and mapped potential epitopes within the E1E2 gene junction of AAV sequences (residues 364-430). Furthermore, we generated pseudotyped HCV particles (HCVpp) derived from AAV sequence to assess their infectivity...
November 14, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898094/crispr-cas9-aav-mediated-knock-in-at-nrl-locus-in-human-embryonic-stem-cells
#8
Xianglian Ge, Haitao Xi, Fayu Yang, Xiao Zhi, Yanghua Fu, Ding Chen, Ren-He Xu, Ge Lin, Jia Qu, Junzhao Zhao, Feng Gu
Clustered interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9)-mediated genome engineering technologies are sparking a new revolution in biological research. This technology efficiently induces DNA double strand breaks at the targeted genomic sequence and results in indel mutations by the error-prone process of nonhomologous end joining DNA repair or homologous recombination with a DNA repair template. The efficiency of genome editing with CRISPR/Cas9 alone in human embryonic stem cells is still low...
November 29, 2016: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898092/transposon-mediated-generation-of-cellular-and-mouse-models-of-splicing-mutations-to-assess-the-efficacy-of-snrna-based-therapeutics
#9
Elena Barbon, Mattia Ferrarese, Laetitia van Wittenberghe, Peggy Sanatine, Giuseppe Ronzitti, Fanny Collaud, Pasqualina Colella, Mirko Pinotti, Federico Mingozzi
Disease-causing splicing mutations can be rescued by variants of the U1 small nuclear RNA (U1snRNAs). However, the evaluation of the efficacy and safety of modified U1snRNAs as therapeutic tools is limited by the availability of cellular and animal models specific for a given mutation. Hence, we exploited the hyperactive Sleeping Beauty transposon system (SB100X) to integrate human factor IX (hFIX) minigenes into genomic DNA in vitro and in vivo. We generated stable HEK293 cell lines and C57BL/6 mice harboring splicing-competent hFIX minigenes either wild type (SChFIX-wt) or mutated (SChFIXex5-2C)...
November 29, 2016: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897038/aav-gene-therapy-for-liver-disease
#10
Lisa M Kattenhorn, Christopher H Tipper, Lorelei Stoica, Deborah S Geraghty, Teresa L Wright, K Reed Clark, Samuel Wadsworth
The field of adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapy has progressed rapidly over the past decade, with the advent of novel capsid serotypes, organ-specific promoters and an increasing understanding of the immune response to AAV administration. Liver-directed therapy, in particular, has made remarkable strides with a number of clinical trials currently planned and on-going in hemophilia A and B, as well as other liver disorders. This review focuses on liver-directed AAV gene therapy, including historic context, current challenges, and future developments...
November 29, 2016: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895015/protective-effects-of-human-and-mouse-soluble-scavenger-like-cd6-lymphocyte-receptor-in-a-lethal-model-of-polymicrobial-sepsis
#11
Mario Martínez-Florensa, Marta Consuegra-Fernández, Fernando Aranda, Noelia Armiger-Borràs, Marianna Di Scala, Esther Carrasco, Jerónimo Pachón, Jordi Vila, Gloria González-Aseguinolaza, Francisco Lozano
Sepsis still constitutes an unmet clinical need, which could benefit from novel adjunctive strategies to conventional antibiotic therapy. The soluble form of the scavenger-like human CD6 lymphocyte receptor (shCD6) binds to key pathogenic components from Gram-positive and -negative bacteria, and shows time- and dose-dependent efficacy in mouse models of monobacterial sepsis. The objective of the present work was to demonstrate the effectiveness of infusing mouse and human sCD6 by different systemic routes, either alone or as adjunctive therapy to gold-standard antibiotics, in a lethal model of polymicrobial sepsis...
November 28, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891076/recombinant-adeno-associated-virus-serotype-6-raav6-potently-and-preferentially-transduces-rat-astrocytes-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#12
Alexandra L Schober, Dmitriy A Gagarkin, Ying Chen, Guangping Gao, Lauren Jacobson, Alexander A Mongin
Recombinant adeno-associated virus vectors are an increasingly popular tool for gene delivery to the CNS because of their non-pathological nature, low immunogenicity, and ability to stably transduce dividing and non-dividing cells. One of the limitations of rAAVs is their preferential tropism for neuronal cells. Glial cells, specifically astrocytes, appear to be infected at low rates. To overcome this limitation, previous studies utilized rAAVs with astrocyte-specific promoters or assorted rAAV serotypes and pseudotypes with purported selectivity for astrocytes...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882354/bcl-2-associated-athanogene-3-protects-the-heart-from-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#13
Feifei Su, Valerie D Myers, Tijana Knezevic, JuFang Wang, Erhe Gao, Muniswamy Madesh, Farzaneh G Tahrir, Manish K Gupta, Jennifer Gordon, Joseph Rabinowitz, Frederick V Ramsey, Douglas G Tilley, Kamel Khalili, Joseph Y Cheung, Arthur M Feldman
Bcl-2-associated athanogene 3 (BAG3) is an evolutionarily conserved protein expressed at high levels in the heart and the vasculature and in many cancers. While altered BAG3 expression has been associated with cardiac dysfunction, its role in ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) is unknown. To test the hypothesis that BAG3 protects the heart from reperfusion injury, in vivo cardiac function was measured in hearts infected with either recombinant adeno-associated virus serotype 9-expressing (rAAV9-expressing) BAG3 or GFP and subjected to I/R...
November 17, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881908/functional-study-of-two-biochemically-unusual-mutations-in-gucy2d-leber-congenital-amaurosis-expressed-via-adenoassociated-virus-vector-in-mouse-retinas
#14
Sanford L Boye, Elena V Olshevskaya, Igor V Peshenko, K Tyler McCullough, Shannon E Boye, Alexander M Dizhoor
PURPOSE: To test, in living photoreceptors, two mutations, S248W and R1091x, in the GUCY2D gene linked to Leber congenital amaurosis 1 (LCA1) that fail to inactivate the catalytic activity of a heterologously expressed retinal membrane guanylyl cyclase 1 (RetGC1). METHODS: GUC2YD cDNA constructs coding for wild-type human (hWT), R1091x, and S248W GUCY2D under the control of the human rhodopsin kinase promoter were expressed in Gucy2e(-/-)Gucy2f(-/-) knockout (GCdKO) mouse retinas, which lack endogenous RetGC activity...
2016: Molecular Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870893/activin-receptor-type-iib-inhibition-improves-muscle-phenotype-and-function-in-a-mouse-model-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy
#15
Min Liu, David W Hammers, Elisabeth R Barton, H Lee Sweeney
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a devastating neurodegenerative disorder that causes progressive muscle atrophy and weakness. Using adeno-associated virus-mediated gene transfer, we evaluated the potential to improve skeletal muscle weakness via systemic, postnatal inhibition of either myostatin or all signaling via the activin receptor type IIB (ActRIIB). After demonstrating elevated p-SMAD3 content and differential content of ActRIIB ligands, 4-week-old male C/C SMA model mice were treated intraperitoneally with 1x1012 genome copies of pseudotype 2/8 virus encoding a soluble form of the ActRIIB extracellular domain (sActRIIB) or protease-resistant myostatin propeptide (dnMstn) driven by a liver specific promoter...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867348/better-targeting-better-efficiency-for-wide-scale-neuronal-transduction-with-the-synapsin-promoter-and-aav-php-b
#16
Kasey L Jackson, Robert D Dayton, Benjamin E Deverman, Ronald L Klein
Widespread genetic modification of cells in the central nervous system (CNS) with a viral vector has become possible and increasingly more efficient. We previously applied an AAV9 vector with the cytomegalovirus/chicken beta-actin (CBA) hybrid promoter and achieved wide-scale CNS transduction in neonatal and adult rats. However, this method transduces a variety of tissues in addition to the CNS. Thus we studied intravenous AAV9 gene transfer with a synapsin promoter to better target the neurons. We noted in systematic comparisons that the synapsin promoter drives lower level expression than does the CBA promoter...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867046/efficient-production-of-an-avian-adeno-associated-virus-vector-using-insect-cell-baculovirus-expression-system
#17
Anping Wang, Yongjuan Wang, Shuang Wu, Weiyong Zuo, Changming Guo, Weiming Hong, Shanyuan Zhu
Recombinant avian adeno-associated virus (rAAAV) is a promising gene transfer vector for avian cells. Although rAAAV can be produced by co-transfection of HEK293 cells with three plasmids, both scalability and productivity of the transient transfection method can not meet the demand for large-scale in vivo experiments. In this study, a scalable rAAAV production method was established by using insect cell/baculovirus expression system. Three recombinant baculoviruses, namely BacARep, BacAVP and BacAGFP, were generated by transfection of Sf9 cells with the three plasmids expressing AAAV Rep genes, modified VP gene or the inverted terminal repeats-flanked green fluorescent protein (GFP) gene...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866960/ethanol-seeking-behavior-is-expressed-directly-through-an-extended-amygdala-to-midbrain-neural-circuit
#18
Melanie M Pina, Christopher L Cunningham
Abstinent alcohol-dependent individuals experience an enduring sensitivity to cue-induced craving and relapse to drinking. There is considerable evidence indicating that structures within the midbrain and extended amygdala are involved in this process. Individually, the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) have been shown to modulate cue-induced ethanol-seeking behavior. It is hypothesized that cue-induced seeking is communicated through a direct projection from the BNST to VTA...
November 17, 2016: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864650/heme-oxygenase-1-protects-spinal-cord-neurons-from-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-apoptosis-via-suppression-of-cdc42-mlk3-mkk7-jnk3-signaling
#19
Siyuan Wang, Tao Zhang, Zhen Yang, Jianhua Lin, Bin Cai, Qingfeng Ke, Wenbin Lan, Jinxing Shi, Shiqiang Wu, Wenping Lin
The mechanisms by which oxidative stress induces spinal cord neuron death has not been completely understood. Investigation on the molecular signal pathways involved in oxidative stress-mediated neuronal death is important for development of new therapeutics for oxidative stress-associated spinal cord disorders. In current study we examined the role of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) in the modulation of MLK3/MKK7/JNK3 signaling, which is a pro-apoptotic pathway, after treating primary spinal cord neurons with H2O2...
November 18, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859771/engineering-a-gene-silencing-viral-construct-that-targets-the-cat-hypothalamus-to-induce-permanent-sterility-an-update
#20
G A Dissen, K Adachi, A Lomniczi, T Chatkupt, B L Davidson, H Nakai, S R Ojeda
The intent of this contribution is to provide an update of the progress we have made towards developing a method/treatment to permanently sterilize cats. Our approach employs two complementary methodologies: RNA interference (RNAi) to silence genes involved in the central control of reproduction and a virus-based gene therapy system intended to deliver RNAi selectively to the hypothalamus (where these genes are expressed) via the systemic administration of modified viruses. We selected the hypothalamus because it contains neurons expressing Kiss1 and Tac3, two genes essential for reproduction and fertility...
November 17, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
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