Perfluorochemical Liquid-Adenovirus Suspensions Enhance Gene Delivery to the Distal Lung

The Cardiopulmonary Research Institute and Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine, Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY 11507, USA.
Pulmonary Medicine 08/2011; 2011:918036. DOI: 10.1155/2011/918036
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WE COMPARED LUNG DELIVERY METHODS OF RECOMBINANT ADENOVIRUS (RAD): (1) rAd suspended in saline, (2) rAd suspended in saline followed by a pulse-chase of a perfluorochemical (PFC) liquid mixture, and (3) a PFC-rAd suspension. Cell uptake, distribution, and temporal expression of rAd were examined using A549 cells, a murine model using luciferase bioluminescence, and histological analyses. Relative to saline, a 4X increase in transduction efficiency was observed in A549 cells exposed to PFC-rAd for 2-4 h. rAd transgene expression was improved in alveolar epithelial cells, and the level and distribution of luciferase expression when delivered in PFC-rAd suspensions consistently peaked at 24 h. These results demonstrate that PFC-rAd suspensions improve distribution and enhance rAd-mediated gene expression which has important implications in improving lung function by gene therapy.

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