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Nat Genet. 1993 Mar;3(3):229-34.

Direct in vivo gene transfer to ependymal cells in the central nervous system using recombinant adenovirus vectors.

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Pulmonary Branch, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892.


To evaluate the potential for adenovirus-mediated central nervous system (CNS) gene transfer, the replication deficient recombinant adenovirus vectors Ad.RSV beta gal (coding for beta-galactosidase) and Ad-alpha 1AT (coding for human alpha 1-antitrypsin) were administered to the lateral ventricle of rats. Ad.RSV beta gal transferred beta-galactosidase to ependymal cells lining the ventricles whereas Ad-alpha 1AT mediated alpha 1-antitrypsin secretion into the cerebral spinal fluid for 1 week. These observations, together with beta-galactosidase activity in the globus pallidus and substantia nigra following stereotactic administration of Ad.RSV beta gal to the globus pallidus, suggest that adenovirus vectors will be useful for CNS gene therapy.

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