Kenneth Cornetta

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The β-haemoglobinopathies are the most prevalent inherited disorders worldwide. Gene therapy of β-thalassaemia is particularly challenging given the requirement for massive haemoglobin production in a lineage-specific manner and the lack of selective advantage for corrected haematopoietic stem cells. Compound β(E)/β(0)-thalassaemia is the most common form(More)
To better characterize lentiviral vector supernatants, we compared three methods of titer assessment. These titer methods include assessment of vector RNA sequences in supernatants, DNA sequences in transduced cells, and vector expression in transduced cells (using a vector which expressed the green fluorescence protein, GFP). For analysis of RNA and DNA,(More)
The use of adipose-derived stem/stromal cells (ASCs) for promoting repair of tissues is a promising potential therapy, but the mechanisms of their action are not fully understood. We and others previously demonstrated accelerated reperfusion and tissue salvage by ASCs in peripheral ischemia models and have shown that ASCs secrete physiologically relevant(More)
Epstein-Barr virus-induced lymphoproliferative disease (EBV-LPD) is a serious and potentially fatal complication after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT). To evaluate levels of EBV DNA in SCT patients, a semiquantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay was developed. DNA was extracted from peripheral blood leukocytes and diluted, and PCR was(More)
Cryopreservation of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPCs) is crucial for cord blood (CB) banking and transplantation. We evaluated recovery of functional HPC cryopreserved as mononuclear or unseparated cells for up to 23.5 years compared with prefreeze values of the same CB units. Highly efficient recovery (80%-100%) was(More)
Delayed engraftment is a significant limitation of umbilical cord blood (UCB) transplantation due to low stem cell numbers. Inhibition of dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP)-4 enhanced engraftment in murine transplants. We evaluated the feasibility of systemic DPP-4 inhibition using sitagliptin to enhance engraftment of single-unit UCB grafts in adults with(More)
Quantitative real-time PCR was utilized to evaluate retroviral vector titer. RNA was prepared from vector supernatant and run in a one-step RT-PCR reaction combining reverse transcription (RT) and amplification in one tube. Sample analysis was performed in the ABI Prism 7700 Sequence Detector. PCR was quantitative over a range of 101 to 6 × 105 vector(More)
Production of retroviral vectors for clinical use requires removal of cells and cellular debris. We combined a series of filters of decreasing pore size using commercially available blood banking filters approved for clinical use. The collection bag and filters can be connected to create a sterile, closed system using clinically approved tubing and sealing(More)
Recent studies have demonstrated that neuropilin 1 (NP-1) is involved in HTLV-1 entry; however, the role NP-1 plays in this process is not understood. We demonstrated that ectopic expression of human NP-1 but not NP-2 cDNA increased susceptibility to HTLV-1. SiRNA-mediated inhibition of NP-1 expression correlated with significant reduction of HTLV-1(More)