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Ultrasonics. 2010 Feb;50(2):269-72. doi: 10.1016/j.ultras.2009.09.035. Epub 2009 Oct 7.

Ultrasound-assisted microbubbles gene transfer in tendons for gene therapy.

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Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire, UPR 4301 CNRS, 45071 Orléans, France.


Our study aimed at evaluating the use of ultrasound-assisted microbubbles gene transfer in mice Achilles tendons. Using a plasmid encoding luciferase gene, it was found that an efficient and stable gene expression for more than two weeks was obtained when tendons were injected with 10 microg of plasmid in the presence of 5x10(5) BR14 microbubbles with the following acoustic parameters: 1 MHz, 200 kPa, 40% duty cycle and 10 min of exposure time. The rate of gene expression was 100-fold higher than that obtained with naked plasmid injected alone without ultrasound or with ultrasound in absence of microbubbles. The long term expression of transgene makes ultrasound-assisted microbubble a suitable method for gene therapy in tendons.

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