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Author(s): Henriques-Coelho, T
Gonzaga, S
Endo, M
Zoltick, PW
Davey, M
Leite-Moreira, AF
Correia-Pinto, J
Flake, AW
Title: Targeted gene transfer to the developing rodent lung interstitium by ultrasound guided intraparenchymal injection
Issue Date: 2007
Abstract: In utero gene transfer to the developing lung may have clinical or research applications. In this study, we developed a new method for specifically targeting the fetal rat lung with adeno and lentiviral vectors encoding the enhanced green fluorescence protein (EGFP) marker gene at E15.5 using ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM). Survival rate, morphometric parameters, viral biodistribution, and lung transduction efficiency were analyzed and compared to the intra-amniotic route of administration. Expression of EGFP started as early as 24 and 72 h after the injection of adenoviral and lentiviral vectors, respectively. Both vectors transduced lung parenchyma with gene expression limited to interstitial cells of the injected region, in contrast to intra-amniotic injection, which targeted the pulmonary epithelium. Expression of EGFP was most intense at E18.5 and E21.5 for adenoviral and lentiviral vectors, respectively. In contrast to lentivirus, adenoviral expression significantly declined until final analysis at 1 week of age. This study demonstrates the feasibility of targeting the fetal rat lung interstitium with viral vectors under UBM guidance during the pseudoglandular stage. This model system may facilitate in vivo studies of dynamic lung morphogenesis and could provide insight into the efficacy of prenatal gene transfer strategies for treatment of specific lung disorders.
Subject: Ciências médicas e da saúde
Medical and Health sciences
Scientific areas: Ciências médicas e da saúde
Medical and Health sciences
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:FMUP - Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional

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