Efficient in vitro and in vivo gene regulation of a retrovirally delivered pro-apoptotic factor under the control of the Drosophila HSP70 promoter

G. Romano, K. Reiss, X. Tu, F. Peruzzi, B. Belletti, J. Y. Wang, T. Zanocco-Marani, R. Baserga

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Abstract

We have developed a self-inactivating retroviral vector system with an internal, inducible Drosophila HSP70 promoter. This vector system delivers the desired transgene into cells rapidly and efficiently. It generates mixed populations of transduced cells where the transgene is inducible, and does not require the isolation of specific clones. Since the transgene is not expressed (or poorly expressed) at the restrictive condition (34°C), mixed populations can be selected in which tumor suppressors or other inhibitory genes can be strongly induced upon changing the conditions (39°C or the plant amino acid L-canavanine). This retroviral vector should be very useful for the expression of sequences that are poorly tolerated by cells, and is also active in animals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)600-607
Number of pages8
JournalGene Therapy
Volume8
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Keywords

  • HSP70 promoter
  • IGF-I receptor mutant
  • IRS-1
  • Retroviral vector

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics

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