Modulation of moloney leukemia virus long terminal repeat transcriptional activity by the murine CD4 silencer in retroviral vectors

S. Indraccolo, S. Minuzzo, W. Habeler, R. Zamarchi, A. Fregonese, W. H. Gunzburg, B. Salmons, W. Uckert, L. Chieco-Bianchi, A. Amadori

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Abstract

We investigated whether CD4 gene regulatory sequences might be useful for developing transcriptionally targeted Moloney murine leukemia virus (Mo-MLV)-based retroviral vectors for gene expression specifically in CD4+ cells. We could modulate Mo-MLV long terminal repeat (LTR) activity by inserting a 438-bp-long fragment containing the murine CD4 silencer in the LTR of the vector; both β-galactosidase and green fluorescent protein reporter gene activities were strongly down-regulated in both murine and human CD8+ cells, but not in CD4+ lymphoid cell lines and freshly isolated lymphocytes transduced with this vector, compared with the findings using a control vector carrying wild-type LTRs. Titration experiments on NIH-3T3 cells revealed that inclusion of the CD4 silencer in the LTRs did not reduce the titer of the vectors. These findings indicate that a cellular silencer can be successfully included in retroviral vectors, where it maintains its transcription-regulatory function, thus suggesting a novel approach to transcriptional targeting. (C) 2000 Academic Press.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-92
Number of pages10
JournalVirology
Volume276
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 10 2000

Keywords

  • CD4
  • Gene therapy
  • Lymphocytes
  • Retroviral vectors
  • Silencer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases

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