Donald S Anson

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Retroviral vector-mediated gene transfer has been central to the development of gene therapy. Retroviruses have several distinct advantages over other vectors, especially when permanent gene transfer is the preferred outcome. The most important advantage that retroviral vectors offer is their ability to transform their single stranded RNA genome into a(More)
BACKGROUND Poor gene transfer efficiency has been a major problem in developing an effective gene therapy for cystic fibrosis (CF) airway disease. Lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC), a natural airway surfactant, can enhance viral gene transfer in animal models. We examined the electrophysiological and physical effect of airway pre-treatment with variants of LPC(More)
Sanfilippo A syndrome (MPS-IIIA) is a mucopolysaccharide lysosomal storage disorder caused by a deficiency in the lysosomal enzyme, sulphamidase (EC, which is required for the degradation of heparan sulphate. A genomic clone containing the entire sulphamidase gene was isolated from a chromosome 17-specific gridded cosmid library. The structure of(More)
Haemophilia B, or Christmas disease, is an inherited X-chromosome-linked bleeding disorder caused by a defect in clotting factor IX and occurs in about 1 in 30,000 males in the United Kingdom. Injection of factor IX concentrate obtained from blood donors allows most patients to be successfully managed. However, because of impurities in the factor IX(More)
BACKGROUND Mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIA (MPS IIIA) is the most common of the mucopolysaccharidoses. The disease is caused by a deficiency of the lysosomal enzyme sulphamidase and results in the storage of the glycosaminoglycan (GAG), heparan sulphate. MPS IIIA is characterised by widespread storage and urinary excretion of heparan sulphate, and a(More)
Many current gene therapy protocols use retroviruses as the vector to package and transfer genes to target cells. Cocultivation of target cells on a layer of irradiated retrovirus producing cells is an efficient method for exposure of target cells to high titers of virus. However, this technique has several adverse features, most notably the resulting(More)
DNA from 33 healthy White subjects was analysed with a 2 X 5 kilobase subgenomic DNA probe derived from the gene for coagulation factor IX, containing the exon "d" region of that gene. Intragenic Taq I restriction-fragment length polymorphism was revealed, with allelic frequencies estimated at 0 X 65 and 0 X 35 (SE = 0 X 06), also detectable by a cDNA(More)
BACKGROUND There is renewed interest in the development of poxvirus vector-based HIV vaccines due to the protective effect observed with repeated recombinant canarypox priming with gp120 boosting in the recent Thai placebo-controlled trial. This study sought to investigate whether a heterologous prime-boost-boost vaccine regimen in Chinese cynomolgus(More)
BACKGROUND Lentiviral gene therapy vectors are now finding clinical application. In order to fully exploit their potential it is important that vectors are made as efficient and as safe as possible. Accordingly, we have modified a previously reported vector to improve RNA processing, minimise Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type-1 (HIV-1) sequence content and(More)
Severe progressive fatal neurological degeneration occurs in fucosidosis, a storage disease. Bone marrow transplantation into affected dogs has shown that haematopoietic stem cells can provide enzyme producing daughter cells to the central nervous system, altering disease course. This makes canine fucosidosis an ideal large animal model for gene therapy.(More)
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