Patricia Berthelette

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Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of progressive intellectual failure in aged humans. AD brains contain numerous amyloid plaques surrounded by dystrophic neurites, and show profound synaptic loss, neurofibrillary tangle formation and gliosis. The amyloid plaques are composed of amyloid beta-peptide (A beta), a 40-42-amino-acid fragment of(More)
Fabry disease is a recessive, X-linked disorder caused by a deficiency of the lysosomal hydrolase alpha-galactosidase A. Deficiency of this enzyme results in progressive deposition of the glycosphingolipid globotriaosylceramide (GL-3) in the vascular lysosomes, with resultant distension of the organelle. The demonstration of a secretory pathway for(More)
Adenovirus (Ad) vectors for gene therapy are made replication defective by deletion of E1 region genes. For isolation, propagation, and large-scale production of such vectors, E1 functions are supplied in trans from a stable cell line. Virtually all Ad vectors used for clinical studies are produced in the 293 cell, a human embryonic kidney cell line(More)
Osteoarthritis is a common joint disease that currently lacks disease-modifying treatments. Development of therapeutic agents for osteoarthritis requires better understanding of the disease and cost-effective in vivo models that mimic the human disease. Here, we analyzed the joints of STR/ort mice, a model for spontaneous osteoarthritis, for levels of(More)
Cystic fibrosis (CF) airway epithelial cells exhibit defective adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cAMP)-mediated chloride (Cl) secretion, abnormal hyperabsorption of sodium (Na+), and aberrant fluid transport. Adenovirus-mediated transduction of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) corrects these ion and fluid transport(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the role of synovial oxidative stress on joint pathology in a spontaneous mouse model of osteoarthritis (OA) by intra-articular (IA) delivery of recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) expressing anti-oxidant protein heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1). METHODS Joint transduction by rAAV vectors was evaluated with serotype 1, 2, 5 and 8(More)
INTRODUCTION Cathepsin K (catK) expression is increased in cartilage, bone and synovium during osteoarthritis (OA). To study the role of catK expression and elevated cathepsin activity in the synovium on cartilage destruction in established OA, we overexpressed cystatin C (cysC), a natural cysteine protease inhibitor, in the synovium of rabbit OA joints. (More)
Recombinant adeno-associated viral (rAAV) vectors containing oversized genomes provide transgene expression despite low efficiency packaging of complete genomes. Here, we characterized the properties of oversized rAAV2/8 vectors (up to 5.4 kb) encoding human factor VIII (FVIII) under the transcriptional control of three liver promoters. All vectors provided(More)
Several ongoing clinical studies are evaluating recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) vectors as gene delivery vehicles for a variety of diseases. However, the production of vectors with genomes >4.7 kb is challenging, with vector preparations frequently containing truncated genomes. To determine whether the generation of oversized rAAVs can be improved(More)
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