Lentiviral Hematopoietic Stem Cell Gene Therapy Benefits Metachromatic Leukodystrophy

@article{Biffi2013LentiviralHS,
  title={Lentiviral Hematopoietic Stem Cell Gene Therapy Benefits Metachromatic Leukodystrophy},
  author={Alessandra Biffi and Eugenio Montini and Laura Lorioli and Martina Cesani and Francesca Fumagalli and Tiziana Plati and Cristina Baldoli and Sabata Martino and Andrea Calabria and Sabrina Canale and Fabrizio Benedicenti and Giuliana Vallanti and Luca Biasco and Simone Leo and Nabil Kabbara and Gianluigi Zanetti and William B. Rizzo and Nalini A. L. Mehta and Maria Pia Cicalese and Miriam Casiraghi and Jaap Jan Boelens and Ubaldo Del Carro and David J. Dow and Manfred Schmidt and Andrea Angelo Assanelli and Victor Neduva and Clelia Di Serio and Elia Stupka and Jason Gardner and Christof von Kalle and Claudio Bordignon and Fabio Ciceri and Attilio Rovelli and Maria Grazia Roncarolo and Alessandro Aiuti and Maria Sessa and Luigi Naldini},
  journal={Science},
  year={2013},
  volume={341}
}
Introduction Metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD) is a neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disease caused by arylsulfatase A (ARSA) deficiency. The disease primarily affects children and invariably leads to premature death. In previous work with a mouse model of MLD, we used a lentiviral vector (LV) to introduce a functional ARSA gene into hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) ex vivo and showed that reinfusion of the engineered HSCs prevented and corrected disease manifestations in the animals. To… 

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