Christopher D. Kaufman

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Translocation of Sleeping Beauty (SB) transposon requires specific binding of SB transposase to inverted terminal repeats (ITRs) of about 230 bp at each end of the transposon, which is followed by a cut-and-paste transfer of the transposon into a target DNA sequence. The ITRs contain two imperfect direct repeats (DRs) of about 32 bp. The outer DRs are at(More)
The c-ski proto-oncogene encodes a transcriptional regulator that has been implicated in the development of different tissues at different times during vertebrate development. We identified two novel paralogues of the c-ski gene family, skiA and skiB in zebrafish (Danio rerio). The skiA protein is maternal and ubiquitous while skiB is zygotic.(More)
We have developed a stable RNA interference (RNAi) delivery system that is based on the Frog Prince transposable element. This plasmid-based vector system combines the gene silencing capabilities of H1 polymerase III promoter-driven short hairpin RNAs (shRNA) with the advantages of stable and efficient genomic integration of the shRNA cassette mediated by(More)
Our laboratory has previously demonstrated that cytoplasmic trafficking and subsequent nuclear entry of nonviral plasmid DNA can be significantly enhanced through the application of cyclic stretch after transfection in vitro. In this study, we show that cyclic stretching of the murine lung using ventilation immediately after endotracheal administration and(More)
Although nonviral gene therapy has great potential for use in the lung, the relative lack of cell-specific targeting has limited its applications. We have developed a new approach for cell-specific targeting based on selective nuclear import of plasmids in nondividing cells. Using a microinjection and in situ hybridization approach, we tested several(More)
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