Belinda Kramer

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OBJECTIVE To report the outcome of gene therapy in an infant with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID-X1), which typically causes a lack of T and natural killer (NK) cells. DESIGN AND SETTING Ex-vivo culture and gene transfer procedures were performed at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW, in March 2002. Follow-up to March 2005(More)
Unequivocal demonstration of the therapeutic utility of γ-retroviral vectors for gene therapy applications targeting the hematopoietic system was accompanied by instances of insertional mutagenesis. These events stimulated the ongoing development of putatively safer integrating vector systems and analysis methods to characterize and compare integration site(More)
BACKGROUND Gene transfer of the P140K mutant of O6-methylguanine-DNA-methyltransferase (MGMT(P140K)) into hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) provides a mechanism for drug resistance and the selective expansion of gene-modified cells in vivo. Possible clinical applications for this strategy include chemoprotection to allow dose escalation of alkylating(More)
Cell replacement therapy using stem cell transplantation holds much promise in the field of regenerative medicine. In the area of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, O(6)-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase MGMT (P140K) gene-mediated drug resistance-based in vivo enrichment strategy of donor stem cells has been shown to achieve up to 75%-100% donor(More)
The analysis of viral vector genomic integration sites is an important component in assessing the safety and efficiency of patient treatment using gene therapy. Alongside this clinical application, integration site identification is a key step in the genetic mapping of viral elements in mutagenesis screens that aim to elucidate gene function. We have(More)
BACKGROUND Transplant tolerance has been achieved by mixed chimerism in animal models and in a limited number of kidney transplant patients. However, these mixed-chimerism strategies were limited either by loss of long-term mixed chimerism or risk of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Selective bone marrow (BM) engraftment using marrow protective strategies(More)
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