M W Flye

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One hypothesis is that postnatal liver growth involves replication of mature hepatocytes, which have an unlimited proliferative potential. An alternative viewpoint is that only certain periportal cells can replicate extensively and that daughter cells stream slowly from the periportal to the pericentral region of the liver. Transgenic mice expressing the(More)
Factor X deficiency results in a rare but serious bleeding disorder that might be treated by expressing a normal factor X gene in patients. We generated an amphotropic retroviral vector with the human FX cDNA and delivered it to rat hepatocytes in vivo during liver regeneration. The human alpha1-antitrypsin promoter was chosen to direct expression because(More)
Hepatic gene therapy might correct the clinical manifestations of several genetic disorders in patients. Although retroviral vectors with a strong liver-specific promoter can result in stable and therapeutic levels of expression of genes from the liver, application of these techniques in humans is limited by the need to perform one or more invasive(More)
Protein C deficiency results in a thrombotic disorder that might be treated by expressing a normal human protein C (hPC) gene in patients. An amphotropic retroviral vector with a liver-specific promoter and the hPC cDNA was delivered to rat hepatocytes in vivo during liver regeneration. Expression of hPC varied from 55 to 203 ng/ml (1.3-5.0% of normal) for(More)
An understanding of how oncogenes affect differentiated liver functions might lead to improved treatments for liver cancer or other disorders where liver-specific functions are compromised. A retroviral vector that coexpressed beta-galactosidase (beta-gal) and activated Ras genes (Ras-gal) was transduced into a small fraction of adult rat hepatocytes in(More)
Hepatic gene therapy could be used to treat a number of inherited blood diseases such as hemophilia or thrombophilia. Although liver-directed retroviral transduction can result in long-term gene expression in vivo, the low level of protein production has limited its clinical application. We reasoned that the insertion of liver-specific promoters into(More)
Improvements in noninvasive imaging modalities are crucial for preoperative in vivo assessments of liver condition and potential for regeneration after liver resection for removal of liver tumors. To that end, an MRI study of liver regeneration in mice following partial hepatectomy is described and validated. Hepatic volumes were accurately measured from(More)
It is hypothesized that unlike solid organ transplants immunosuppression of peripheral nerve allografts is needed only for the finite time period required for regeneration of proximal host nerve axons through the allograft and subsequent re-establishment of host end-organ connections. The aim of this study was to explore the consequences of temporary and(More)
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