The main challenge of gene therapy is to provide long-term, efficient transgene expression. Long-term transgene expression from first generation adenoviral vectors (Advs) delivered to the central nervous system (CNS) is elicited in animals not previously exposed to adenovirus (Ad). However, upon systemic immunization against Ad, transgene expression from a first generation Adv is abolished. High-capacity Advs (HC-Advs) provide sustained very long-term transgene expression in the brain, even in animals pre-immunized against Ad. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that a HC-Adv in the brain would allow for long-term transgene expression, for up to 1 year, in the brain of mice immunized against Ad prior to delivery of the vector to the striatum. In naïve animals, the expression of β-galactosidase from Adv or HC-Adv was sustained for 1 year. In animals immunized prior to vector delivery, expression from a first generation Adv was abolished. These results point to a very long-term HC-Adv-mediated transgene expression in the brain, even in animals that had been immunized systemically against Ad before the delivery of HC-Adv into the brain. This study therefore indicates the utility of HC-Adv as a powerful gene therapy vector for chronic neurological disorders, even in patients who had been pre-exposed to Ad prior to gene therapy.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Medicine
- Molecular Biology
- Drug Discovery