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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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.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)20-27
ページ数8
ジャーナルBrain research
1675
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2017 11 15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 神経科学(全般)
  • 分子生物学
  • 臨床神経学
  • 発生生物学

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