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Hum Gene Ther. 2001 Jun 10;12(9):1103-8.

Lentivirus vectors encoding both central polypurine tract and posttranscriptional regulatory element provide enhanced transduction and transgene expression.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.


Incorporation of a central polypurine tract (cPPT) and a posttranscriptional regulatory element (PRE) into lentivirus vectors provides increased transduction efficiency and transgene expression. We compared the effects of these elements individually and together on transduction efficiency and gene expression, using lentivirus vectors pseudotyped with vesicular stomatitis virus G protein (VSV-G) and encoding enhanced green fluorescent protein (GFP) and rat erythropoietin (EPO). The transduction efficiency was greater than 2-fold higher in the vector containing the PRE element, 3-fold higher in vector encoding the cPPT element, and 5-fold increased in the GFP virus containing both cPPT and PRE elements relative to the parent virus. In comparison with parent vector the mean fluorescence intensity (MFI) of GFP expression was 7-fold higher in cells transduced with virus containing PRE, 6-fold increased in cells transduced with virus containing cPPT, and 42-fold increased in GFP-virus containing both cPPT and PRE elements. EPO-virus containing a PRE element showed a nearly 5-fold increase in EPO secretion over the parent vector, and the vector encoding both PRE and cPPT showed a 65-fold increase. Thus, lentivirus vectors incorporating both PRE and cPPT showed expression levels significantly increased over the sum of the components alone, suggesting a synergistic effect.

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