Enhanced Vector Design for Cancer Gene Therapy with Hierarchical Enhancement of Therapeutic Transgene Expression.

Abstract

A set of vectors for Cre recombinase-dependent expression of the hybrid suicidal FCU1 transgene was constructed, including a two-plasmid system wherein the FCU1 and Cre transgenes reside in separate vectors, and single-plasmid variants in which a single plasmid bears both transgenes. To improve the safety profile and specificity in cancer gene therapy applications, as well as to ensure stable propagation of plasmids in bacterial cells, the Cre/LoxP system components were optimized. A bicistronic vector with the Cre expression cassette placed between the LoxP sites unidirectionally with FCU1 cDNA resulted in higher therapeutic efficiency compared with the double-plasmid system in an enzyme-prodrug suicide cancer gene therapy scheme. Therefore, the feasibility of a single-plasmid approach in the development of cancer gene therapy with hierarchical enhancement of therapeutic transgene expression has been demonstrated.

DOI: 10.1089/hgtb.2016.170

Cite this paper

@article{Kostina2017EnhancedVD, title={Enhanced Vector Design for Cancer Gene Therapy with Hierarchical Enhancement of Therapeutic Transgene Expression.}, author={Maria B Kostina and Alexander V. Sass and Elena A. Stukacheva and Igor V. Korobko and Eugene D. Sverdlov}, journal={Human gene therapy methods}, year={2017}, volume={28 5}, pages={247-254} }