Pontus Blomberg

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OBJECTIVES In the Euroinject One phase II randomized double-blind trial, therapeutic angiogenesis of percutaneous intramyocardial plasmid gene transfer of vascular endothelial growth factor (phVEGF-A(165)) on myocardial perfusion, left ventricular function, and clinical symptoms was assessed. BACKGROUND Evidence for safety and treatment efficacy have been(More)
BACKGROUND Tracheal tumours can be surgically resected but most are an inoperable size at the time of diagnosis; therefore, new therapeutic options are needed. We report the clinical transplantation of the tracheobronchial airway with a stem-cell-seeded bioartificial nanocomposite. METHODS A 36-year-old male patient, previously treated with debulking(More)
Therapeutic effects of combination of angiogenic growth factors for the treatment of ischemia after myocardial infarction are largely unknown. Plasmids expressing basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF-BB) or their combination with a 1:1 mass ratio were injected into hearts with 7-day-old myocardial infarction. Hearts(More)
Human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines, after directed differentiation, hold the greatest potential for cell transplantation treatment in many severe diseases. Good manufacturing practice (GMP) quality, defined by both the European Medicines Agency and the Food and Drug Administration, is a requirement for clinical-grade cells, offering optimal defined(More)
Gene transfer into muscle upon injection of plasmid DNA is feasible but occurs with low frequency. However, by using electroporation after injection of plasmid DNA into mouse muscle it has been demonstrated that gene expression can be increased more than 150-fold. In this communication, we have used this technique in combination with plasmids containing a(More)
Gene vaccination encounters problems different from those of gene therapy since both a short half-life of the gene and a strong immune response to the gene product are desirable. We have evaluated a DNA vaccine consisting of seven plasmids encoding nine HIV-1 proteins. Using a needle-free delivery device, the Biojector, together with recombinant mouse(More)
BACKGROUND Myocardial tissue velocity and perfusion were studied in patients with severe angina pectoris following gene therapy by intramyocardial injection of phVEGF-A165 via thoracotomy. Plasma concentrations of VEGF-A increased postoperatively. Two months after treatment anginal status and myocardial tissue velocity improved and perfusion showed a(More)
In preparation for a clinical trial in patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer, a vaccination strategy targeting the carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) was evaluated in mice using a GMP-produced plasmid DNA vaccine, CEA66, encoding a truncated form of the tumour-associated antigen, CEA. The GMP-produced CEA DNA vaccine was also evaluated for toxicity.(More)
BACKGROUND : Gene transfer to heart muscle is a promising modality to treat ischemic heart disease. However, current vectors are inefficient and need to be improved. A novel vector system that shows great promise is the minicircle (MC) vector being smaller than conventional plasmid vectors and devoid of bacterial sequences. AIMS : To study gene transfer(More)
The minicircle (MC), composed of eukaryotic sequences only, is an interesting approach to increase the safety and efficiency of plasmid-based vectors for gene therapy. In this paper, we investigate micro-MC (miMC) vectors encoding small regulatory RNA. We use a construct encoding a splice-correcting U7 small nuclear RNA, which results in a vector of 650(More)