Anne K. Zaiss

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The innate immune system recognizes nucleic acids during infection and tissue damage. Whereas viral RNA is detected by endosomal toll-like receptors (TLR3, TLR7, TLR8) and cytoplasmic RIG-I and MDA5, endosomal TLR9 and cytoplasmic DAI bind DNA, resulting in the activation of nuclear factor-kappaB and interferon regulatory factor transcription factors.(More)
The use of adenovirus vectors for human gene therapy is limited by potent inflammatory responses that result in significant morbidity. In kidney-derived epithelial cells (REC), activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK) and p38 kinase (p38) pathways occurred within 20 min of transduction with the serotype 5 adenovirus vector AdCMV beta(More)
Helper-dependent adenovirus (HD-Ad) vectors with all adenoviral genes deleted mediate very long-term expression of therapeutic transgenes in a variety of animal models of disease. These vectors are associated with reduced toxicity and improved safety relative to traditional early region 1 deletion first-generation Ad (FG-Ad) vectors. Many studies have(More)
Recombinant adenovirus serotype 5 (Ad5) vectors have been studied extensively in preclinical gene therapy models and in a range of clinical trials. However, innate immune responses to adenovirus vectors limit effectiveness of Ad5 based therapies. Moreover, extensive pre-existing Ad5 immunity in human populations will likely limit the clinical utility of(More)
Adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors are associated with relatively mild host immune responses in vivo. Although AAV induces very weak innate immune responses, neutralizing antibodies against the vector capsid and transgene still occur. To understand further the basis of the antiviral immune response to AAV vectors, studies were performed to characterize(More)
Recombinant vectors based on adeno-associated virus (AAV) have been shown to stably express many genes in vivo without mounting immune responses to vectors or transgenes. Thus, AAV vectors have rapidly become the reagents of choice for therapeutic gene transfer. Yet one of the first translations of AAV gene therapy into humans unexpectedly resulted in only(More)
Adenovirus (Ad) vectors can produce inflammatory responses at high doses. Intravenous administration of an Ad vector expressing green fluorescent protein (AdGFP) to naive mice induced a biphasic pattern of liver cytokine/chemokine gene expression over 7 days. Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), macrophage inflammatory protein 2 (MIP-2), and interferon(More)
Neutrophils are effectors of the innate immune response to adenovirus vectors. Following the systemic administration of Cy2-labeled AdLuc in mice, flow cytometry and PCR analysis of liver leukocytes revealed that 25% of recruited neutrophils interacted with adenovirus vectors. In vitro, flow cytometry of human neutrophils incubated with Cy2-labeled AdLuc(More)
UNLABELLED Adeno-associated virus 2 (AAV2) and adenovirus 5 (Ad5) are promising gene therapy vectors. Both display liver tropism and are currently thought to enter hepatocytes in vivo through cell surface heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs). To test directly this hypothesis, we created mice that lack Ext1, an enzyme required for heparan sulfate(More)