Erik M Olson

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Proto-oncogene activation caused by retroviral vector integration can cause malignancies in gene therapy trials. This has led investigators to search for less genotoxic vectors with minimal enhancer activity and a decreased risk of influencing neighboring chromosomal gene expression after integration. We previously showed that foamy virus (FV) vectors(More)
Foamy virus (FV) vectors are particularly attractive gene-transfer vectors for stem-cell gene therapy because they form a stable transduction intermediate in quiescent cells and can efficiently transduce hematopoietic stem cells. Here, we studied the use of FV vectors to transduce long-term hematopoietic repopulating cells in the dog, a clinically relevant(More)
Recent successes in treating genetic immunodeficiencies have demonstrated the therapeutic potential of stem cell gene therapy. However, the use of gammaretroviral vectors in these trials led to insertional activation of nearby oncogenes and leukemias in some study subjects, prompting studies of modified or alternative vector systems. Here we describe the(More)
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) are important tools for the study of stem cell biology and may ultimately be used in cellular therapies and regenerative medicine. For hESCs to achieve their potential, stable genetic modification of the hESC genome will be required. Here we have studied the transduction of hESCs by vectors based on foamy virus (FV), an(More)
Foamy viruses (FVs), or spumaviruses, are integrating retroviruses that have been developed as vectors. Here we generated nonintegrating foamy virus (NIFV) vectors by introducing point mutations into the highly conserved DD35E catalytic core motif of the foamy virus integrase sequence. NIFV vectors produced high-titer stocks, transduced dividing cells, and(More)
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