An adenovirus vector encoding the human Bcl-2 gene (hBcl-2) was derived. In vivo expression of hBcl-2 in murine livers enhanced and prolonged adenovirus-mediated gene expression. Furthermore, in the hBcl-2-treated group a significant reduction in the apoptosis induced by the adenovirus vector was observed. Thus, the cytoprotection of the vector-infected cells with antiapoptotic genes appears promising for successful in vivo gene therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6992-7000
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of virology
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1999


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