Sustained long-term engraftment and transgene expression of peripheral blood CD34+ cells transduced with third-generation lentiviral vectors

Melania Tesio, Loretta Gammaitoni, Monica Gunetti, Valeria Leuci, Ymera Pignochino, Noela Jordaney, Sonia Capellero, Cristina Cammarata, Luisa Caione, Giuseppe Migliaretti, Franca Fagioli, Antonio Tabilio, Massimo Aglietta, Wanda Piacibello

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Abstract

As mobilized peripheral blood (MPB) represents an attractive cell source for gene therapy, we investigated the ability of third-generation lentiviral vectors (LVs) to transfer the enhanced green fluorescent protein gene into MPB CD34+ cells in culture conditions allowing expansion of transplantable human hematopoietic stem cells. To date, few studies have reported transduction of MPB cells with vesicular stomatitis virus G pseudotyped LVs. The critical issue remains whether primitive, hematopoietic repopulating cells have, indeed, been transduced. In vitro (5 weeks' culture in FLT3 ligand + thrombopoietin + stem cell factor + interleukin 6) and in vivo (serial transplantation in NOD/SCID mice) experiments show that MPB CD34+ cells can be effectively long-term transduced by LV and maintain their proliferation, self-renewal, and multilineage differentiation potentials. We show that expansion following transduction improves the engraftment of transduced MPB CD34+ (4.6-fold expansion of SCID repopulating cells by limiting dilution studies). We propose ex vivo expansion after transduction as an effective tool to improve gene therapy protocols with MPB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1620-1627
Number of pages8
JournalStem Cells
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

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Keywords

  • Enhanced green fluorescent protein
  • Ex vivo gene transfer
  • Expansion
  • Hematopoietic stem cells
  • Mobilized peripheral blood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Medicine(all)

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Tesio, M., Gammaitoni, L., Gunetti, M., Leuci, V., Pignochino, Y., Jordaney, N., Capellero, S., Cammarata, C., Caione, L., Migliaretti, G., Fagioli, F., Tabilio, A., Aglietta, M., & Piacibello, W. (2008). Sustained long-term engraftment and transgene expression of peripheral blood CD34+ cells transduced with third-generation lentiviral vectors. Stem Cells, 26(6), 1620-1627. https://doi.org/10.1634/stemcells.2008-0161