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Gene Ther. 2007 Sep;14(18):1362-9. Epub 2007 Jul 19.

Regulation of endogenous gene expression using small molecule-controlled engineered zinc-finger protein transcription factors.

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Sangamo BioSciences Inc., Point Richmond Tech Center, Richmond, CA 94804, USA.

Abstract

Small-molecule-regulated gene expression offers the promise of titrating the dose and duration of action of DNA-based therapies. To this end, we show that engineered zinc-finger protein transcription factors (ZFP TFs) can be coupled with a drug-inducible regulatory domain to permit small-molecule control of endogenous gene transcription. We constructed a drug-responsive ZFP TF via the fusion of a ZFP DNA-binding domain (DBD) targeting the human VEGF-A gene and an effector domain containing a truncated progesterone receptor ligand-binding domain linked to the NFkappaB p65 activation domain. Introduction of this engineered ZFP TF into human or murine cells allowed expression of the chromosomal VEGF-A gene to be induced upon addition of mifepristone, a synthetic steroid analog. Mifepristone-dependent VEGF-A induction was rapid, dose-dependent and reversible. Moreover, stable lines expressing the drug-responsive ZFP TF could be maintained in a state of continuous induction for at least 30 days without loss of viability. Potent VEGF-A induction was demonstrated using different engineered ZFP DBDs, thus this approach may represent a general solution to small-molecule regulation of targeted endogenous genes.

PMID:
17637799
DOI:
10.1038/sj.gt.3302985
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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