Extended Duration of Transgene Expression from Pegylated POD Nanoparticles Enables Attenuation of Photoreceptor DegenerationReportar como inadecuado




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Retinitis pigmentosa RP is the most genetically heterogeneous disorder known to cause blindness, involving over 50 different genes. Previously, we have described nanoparticles NPs 150 nm in size, comprised of a 3.5 kD peptide POD complexed to PEG and DNA PEGPOD DNA. These NPs expressing GDNF enabled rescue of photoreceptor degeneration in mice up to 11 days post injection. In the current study we examine use of scaffold- matrix attachment regions S-MARs, CpG depletion and titration of DNA content of PEGPOD DNA NPs to extend the duration of transgene expression. S-MARs and CpGs did not significantly influence the duration of transgene expression, but did influence its stability. These parameters enabled us to extend transgene expression from 48 hours to 10 weeks. At 77 days post injection, we observed a 76% rescue of the thickness of the retinal outer nuclear layer ONL and at 37 days post injection we observed 53% and 55% rescue of the A and B wave ERG amplitudes respectively and 60% rescue of the ONL. Our studies suggest that PEGPOD DNA NPs have potential as gene delivery vectors for the retina.



Autor: Christina Binder, Siobhan M. Cashman, Rajendra Kumar-Singh

Fuente: http://plos.srce.hr/



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