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The effect of selection for high-level vector expression on the genetic and functional stability of a single transcript vector derived from a low-leukemogenic murine retrovirus

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  • M Duch, Denmark
  • K Paludan, Denmark
  • J Lovmand, Denmark
  • M S Sørensen, Denmark
  • Poul Jørgensen, Denmark
  • F S Pedersen, Denmark
  • Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center
  • Department of Science Studies
  • Department of Molecular Biology
Single-gene murine leukemia virus-based retroviral vectors carrying the G418-resistance gene (neo) under transcriptional control of the long terminal repeat were used to study the effect of selection on long-term vector expression in a murine lymphoid cell line, L691. We used two isogenic vectors carrying either a strong or a weak transcriptional enhancer from low-leukemogenic Akv and high-leukemogenic SL3-3 murine leukemia virus, respectively. Effects of G418 selection were studied at the level of vector-transduced cell populations and at the level of single-vector-transduced cell clones obtained without selection for vector expression. Selection for vector expression prior to isolation of cell clones changed the range of vector expression for the two populations of cell clones. Cell clones harboring the Akv enhancer, isolated without selection and then subjected to prolonged growth under selective conditions, exhibited no mutations in the enhancer region or major vector rearrangements although showing increased vector expression in some cases. Our results are discussed in terms of retrovirus-mediated gene transfer strategies employing selection for expression of a selective marker in single-gene or bicistronic vectors with a low- or nonleukemogenic virus-derived backbone.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHuman Gene Therapy
Pages (from-to)289-96
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1995

    Research areas

  • Animals, Cloning, Molecular, Drug Resistance, Gene Expression Regulation, Viral, Genetic Vectors, Gentamicins, Leukemia Virus, Murine, Mice, Mice, Inbred Strains, Proviruses, Retroviridae, Selection (Genetics), Thymoma, Time Factors, Transcription, Genetic, Tumor Cells, Cultured

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