Jennifer Adair

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One of the major hurdles for the development of gene therapy for Fanconi anemia (FA) is the increased sensitivity of FA stem cells to free radical-induced DNA damage during ex vivo culture and manipulation. To minimize this damage, we have developed a brief transduction procedure for lentivirus vector-mediated transduction of hematopoietic progenitor cells(More)
Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) represent an alternative hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) source for treating hematopoietic disease. The limited engraftment of human PSC-derived (hPSC-derived) multipotent progenitor cells (MPP) has hampered the clinical application of these cells and suggests that MPP require additional cues for definitive hematopoiesis. We(More)
Analyzing the integration profile of retroviral vectors is a vital step in determining their potential genotoxic effects and developing safer vectors for therapeutic use. Identifying retroviral vector integration sites is also important for retroviral mutagenesis screens. We developed VISA, a vector integration site analysis server, to analyze(More)
HSC transplantation using genetically modified autologous cells is a promising therapeutic strategy for various genetic diseases, cancer, and HIV. However, for many of these conditions, the current efficiency of gene transfer to HSCs is not sufficient for clinical use. The ability to increase the percentage of gene-modified cells following transplantation(More)
Chemotherapy with alkylating agents for treating malignant disease results in myelosuppression that can significantly limit dose escalation and potential clinical efficacy. Gene therapy using mutant methylguanine methyltransferase (P140K) gene-modified hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells may circumvent this problem by abrogating the toxic effects of(More)
While the structure and composition of chromatin not only influences the type and extent of DNA damage incurred by eukaryotic cells, it also poses a major obstacle to the efficient repair of genomic lesions. Understanding how DNA repair processes occur in the context of nuclear chromatin is a current experimental challenge, especially in mammalian cells(More)
The mammalian non-histone "high mobility group" A (HMGA) proteins are the primary nuclear proteins that bind to the minor groove of AT-rich DNA. They may, therefore, influence the formation and/or repair of DNA lesions that occur in AT-rich DNA, such as cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs) induced by UV radiation. Employing both stably transfected lines of(More)
KIT ligand (KL) and its receptor, c-kit, are coexpressed in many types of cancer cells and have been implicated in tumor growth and angiogenesis. While Sertoli cell-specific regulation of the KL promoter has been well characterized, regulation in cancer cells remains to be elucidated. We recently reported microarray results demonstrating that increased(More)
Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells have great potential for regenerative medicine and gene therapy. Thus far, iPS cells have typically been generated using integrating viral vectors expressing various reprogramming transcription factors; nonintegrating methods have been less effective and efficient. Because there is a significant risk of malignant(More)
BACKGROUND Temozolomide (TMZ) is one of the most potent chemotherapy agents for the treatment of glioblastoma. Unfortunately, almost half of glioblastoma tumors are TMZ resistant due to overexpression of methylguanine methyltransferase (MGMT(hi)). Coadministration of O6-benzylguanine (O6BG) can restore TMZ sensitivity, but causes off-target(More)