Cecilia N. Barese

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Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) is a congenital immune deficiency that is a promising therapeutic target for gene replacement into haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). CGD results from mutations in any one of four genes encoding subunits of the superoxide-generating NADPH oxidase of phagocytes. Life-threatening, recurrent bacterial and fungal infections,(More)
The high risk of insertional oncogenesis reported in clinical trials using integrating retroviral vectors to genetically modify hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) requires the development of safety strategies to minimize risks associated with novel cell and gene therapies. The ability to ablate genetically modified cells in vivo is desirable,(More)
Despite the genotoxic complications encountered in clinical gene therapy trials for primary immunodeficiency diseases targeting hematopoietic cells with integrating vectors; this strategy holds promise for the cure of several monogenic blood, metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases. In this study, we asked whether the inclusion of a suicide gene in a(More)
Hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPCs) manifest a limited self-renewal capacity, as determined by a surrogate assay involving replating capacity of single colonies in vitro with generation of secondary colonies. Stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1/CXCL12), has been implicated in regulation of hematopoiesis through its modulation of hematopoietic stem cell(More)
The use of nonmyeloablative conditioning prior to bone marrow transplantation is an important component of transplantation-based therapies for nonmalignant blood diseases. In this study, treatment of recipient mice with granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) prior to low-dose total body irradiation (LD-TBI) enhanced long-term engraftment of freshly(More)
The first human genetic modification studies used replication-incompetent integrating vector vectors to introduce marker genes into T lymphocytes and subsequently into hematopoietic stem cells. Such studies have provided numerous insights into the biology of hematopoiesis and immune reconstitution and contributed to clinical development of gene and cell(More)
X-linked chronic granulomatous disease (X-CGD) is an inherited immunodeficiency with absent phagocyte NADPH-oxidase activity caused by defects in the gene-encoding gp91(phox). Here, we evaluated strategies for less intensive conditioning for gene therapy of genetic blood disorders without selective advantage for gene correction, such as might be used in a(More)
BACKGROUND Human newborn infants display a variety of immunodeficiencies of immaturity, including diminished neutrophil adhesion, chemotaxis, and migration. Rac2, a guanosine triphosphate-binding protein, is an essential regulator of human neutrophil migration and chemotaxis. Since human subjects and mice deficient in Rac2 display deficiencies in neutrophil(More)
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