Long-term acceptance of allografts by in vivo gene transfer of regulatable adenovirus vector containing CTLA4IgG and loxP

M. Takehara, M. Murakami, M. Inobe, K. Tanaka, S. Chikuma, I. Saito, Y. Kanegae, Y. Yasunami, M. Nakano, K. Yamashita, S. Todo, T. Uede

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Abstract

CTLA4IgG was shown to inhibit the costimulatory signal for T cell activation by interfering with the ligation of CD28 and B7-1 or B7-2. To inhibit various immune responses including acute cellular rejection of allografts, a certain level of serum CTLA4IgG should be maintained for an appropriate period. We previously reported on an adenovirus vector containing CTLA4IgG, which we designated Adex1CACTLA4IgG. Adex1CACTLA4IgG was able to maintain a significant level of serum CTLA4IgG for a long period on intravenous injection, which in turn inhibited various immune responses including protective immunity against infectious agents. To overcome the inhibitory effect, we constructed a new adenovirus vector, Adex1CALoxCTLA4IgGLox, by cloning CTLA4IgG cDNA between two loxP sequences under the control of the CAG promoter. We demonstrated that the administration of adenovirus vector containing Cre recombinase gene (Adex1CACre) at the desired time induced Cre-mediated recombination within a gene derived from Adex1CALoxCTLA4IgGLox vector, and the cDNA of CTLA4IgG was excised from the transduced gene and terminated the expression of CTLA4IgG in vitro and in vivo. More importantly, we also demonstrated that the long-term acceptance of allografts was achieved after the termination of CTLA4IgG expression, while the immune response against adenovirus was restored.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-426
Number of pages12
JournalHuman Gene Therapy
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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    Takehara, M., Murakami, M., Inobe, M., Tanaka, K., Chikuma, S., Saito, I., Kanegae, Y., Yasunami, Y., Nakano, M., Yamashita, K., Todo, S., & Uede, T. (2001). Long-term acceptance of allografts by in vivo gene transfer of regulatable adenovirus vector containing CTLA4IgG and loxP. Human Gene Therapy, 12(4), 415-426. https://doi.org/10.1089/10430340150504037