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No impact of lentiviral transduction on hematopoietic stem/progenitor cell telomere length or gene expression in the rhesus macaque model. Mol Ther 2014 Jan;22(1):52-8



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2-s2.0-84891832674 (requires institutional sign-in at Scopus site)   4 Citations


The occurrence of clonal perturbations and leukemia in patients transplanted with gamma-retroviral (RV) vector-transduced autologous hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) has stimulated extensive investigation, demonstrating that proviral insertions may perturb adjacent proto-oncogene expression. Although enhancer-deleted lentiviruses are less likely to result in insertional oncogenesis, there is evidence that they may perturb transcript splicing, and one patient with a benign clonal expansion of lentivirally transduced HPSC has been reported. The rhesus macaque model provides an opportunity for informative long-term analysis to ask whether transduction impacts on long-term HSPC properties. We used two techniques to examine whether lentivirally transduced HSPCs from eight rhesus macaques transplanted 1-13.5 years previously are perturbed at a population level, comparing telomere length as a measure of replicative history and gene expression profile of vector positive versus vector negative cells. There were no differences in telomere lengths between sorted GFP+ and GFP- blood cells, suggesting that lentiviral (LV) transduction did not globally disrupt replicative patterns. Bone marrow GFP+ and GF- CD34+ cells showed no differences in gene expression using unsupervised and principal component analysis. These studies did not uncover any global long-term perturbation of proliferation, differentiation, or other important functional parameters of transduced HSPCs in the rhesus macaque model.

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Sellers SE, Dumitriu B, Morgan MJ, Hughes WM, Wu CO, Raghavarchari N, Yang Y, Uchida N, Tisdale JF, An DS, Chen IS, Hematti P, Donahue RE, Larochelle A, Young NS, Calado RT, Dunbar CE


Peiman Hematti MD Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Antigens, CD34
Gene Expression
Genetic Vectors
Green Fluorescent Proteins
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Hematopoietic Stem Cells
Leukocytes, Mononuclear
Macaca mulatta
Transduction, Genetic