Abraham Scaria

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High efficiency gene transfer and gene expression in hepatocytes in vivo can be achieved using recombinant adenoviral vectors. However, the persistence of gene expression in different experimental animal models has been variable. To determine if similar differences could be observed in a single species, persistence of gene expression was studied in inbred(More)
Antithymocyte/antilymphocyte globulins are polyclonal antihuman T-cell antibodies used clinically to treat acute transplant rejection. These reagents deplete T cells, but a rabbit antihuman thymocyte globulin has also been shown to induce regulatory T cells in vitro. To examine whether antithymocyte globulin-induced regulatory cells might be functional in(More)
Target cells infected with adenovirus (Ad) vectors containing intact E3 and E4 regions were found to be relatively resistant to lysis by Ad-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes. Elements from both the E3 and the E4 regions were required for this effect, leading to the identification of a previously undescribed role for E4 gene products in resistance to(More)
Adenoviral vectors have been used successfully to transfer the human CFTR cDNA to respiratory epithelium in animal models and to CF patients in vivo. However, studies done primarily in mice, indicate that present vector systems have limitations. Among other things, transgene expression in the lung is transient and the production of neutralizing antibodies(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is important in pathological neovascularization, which is a key component of diseases such as the wet form of age-related macular degeneration, proliferative diabetic retinopathy and cancer. One of the most potent naturally occurring VEGF binders is VEGF receptor Flt-1. We have generated two novel chimeric(More)
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a neuromuscular disease caused by mutations in survival motor neuron 1 (SMN1). Previously, we showed that central nervous system (CNS) delivery of an adeno-associated viral (AAV) vector encoding SMN1 produced significant improvements in survival in a mouse model of SMA. Here, we performed a dose-response study in SMA mice to(More)
Progress towards developing gene therapy for Gaucher disease has been hindered by the lack of an animal model. Here we describe a mouse model of Gaucher disease which has a chemically induced deficiency of glucocerebrosidase and that accumulates elevated levels of glucosylceramide (GL-1) in the lysosomes of Kupffer cells. Administration of(More)
OBJECTIVE Antilymphocyte serum can reverse overt type 1 diabetes in NOD mice; yet, the therapeutic parameters and immunological mechanisms underlying the ability for this agent to modulate autoimmune responses against beta-cells are unclear, forming the rationale for this investigation. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS A form of antilymphocyte serum, rabbit(More)
As the most common subtype of Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), LCA10 is a severe retinal dystrophy caused by mutations in the CEP290 gene. The most frequent mutation found in patients with LCA10 is a deep intronic mutation in CEP290 that generates a cryptic splice donor site. The large size of the CEP290 gene prevents its use in adeno-associated virus(More)
AAV2-sFLT01 is a vector that expresses a modified soluble Flt1 receptor designed to neutralize the proangiogenic activities of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) for treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) via an intravitreal injection. Owing to minimal data available for the intravitreal route of administration for adeno-associated virus(More)