Prolonged but non-permanent expression of a transgene in ependymal cells of adult rats using an adenovirus-mediated transposon gene transfer system

Jun ichi Suzuki, Mari Dezawa, Masaaki Kitada

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Abstract

Ependymal cells have been considered one of prime targets for gene therapy in the central nervous system as they can secrete proteins directly into the cerebrospinal fluid. In this study, we have explored the probability of permanent exogenous gene expression using a combined adenovirus/transposon system. To this end, we created three adenoviruses; adenovirus #1 containing a CAG promoter-driven enhanced green fluorescent protein tagged with a palmitoylation site (palEGFP), whose DNA sequence was flanked by two different Tol2 ends, #2 containing a human FoxJ1 promoter-driven T2TP transposase, and #3 containing an EF-1 alpha promoter-driven T2TP transposase. We injected these adenoviruses into the lateral ventricles of adult rats to assess the duration of transgene expression, by which adenoviruses selectively infected to ependymal cells because they express the specific receptor. In animals injected with only adenovirus #1, we found palEGFP-expressing ependymal cells 1 week after injection, but these cells had disappeared by 2 weeks. In animals that received adenoviruses #1 and #2 in combination, despite detecting many palEGFP-expressing ependymal cells within the initial 2 weeks, transgene expression in ependymal cells was almost disappeared 1 month after injection. In contrast, many palEGFP-expressing astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, and neurons were found near the sites injected with adenoviruses #1 and #3, even 1 month after injection. There was no prominent infiltration of immunological cells during the observation period. These findings indicate that an adenovirus-mediated transposon gene transfer system can lead to prolonged, but not permanent, expression of exogenous genes in ependymal cells of adult rats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-27
Number of pages8
JournalBrain research
Volume1675
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Nov 15

Keywords

  • Adenovirus
  • Ependymal cells
  • In vivo gene transfer
  • Rat
  • Transposon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology

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