Journal article

The transient expression of mRNA coding for Rep protein from AAV facilitates targeted plasmid integration

SE Howden, L Voullaire, J Vadolas

JOURNAL OF GENE MEDICINE | WILEY | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: There is a risk of insertional mutagenesis when techniques that facilitate random integration of exogenous DNA into the human genome are used for gene therapy. Wild-type adeno-associated virus (AAV) integrates preferentially into a specific site on human chromosome 19 (AAVS1). This is mediated by the interaction of the viral Rep68/78 proteins with Rep-binding elements in the AAV genome and AAVS1. This specificity is often lost when AAV is used as a gene therapy vector due to removal of the sequences coding for Rep. METHODS: Messenger RNA coding for the Rep68/78 proteins was prepared in vitro and co-transfected with a 21 kb DNA plasmid containing the P5 integration efficiency elem..

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