It has been difficult to produce a chimeric vector containing both Ad and AAV rep and cap, and to grow such chimeric vectors in 293 cells. By recombination in vitro in a bacterial host, we were able to produce recombinant plasmid AdAAV (pAdAAVrep-cap), which could be used to generate recombinant AdAAV (rAdAAVrep-cap) after transfection into 293 cells. A recombinant adenovirus, rAdAAVGFP, in which the green fluorescent protein (GFP) gene is flanked by the AAV terminal repeats cloned into the E1-deleted site of Ad was also generated. Co-infection of rAdAAVrep-cap together with rAdAAVGFP into 293 cells resulted in production of high titers of rAAV expressing GFP. It was noted that the titer of rAdAAVrep-cap was lower than the titer of control AdCM-VLacZ. The lower titer of rAdAAVrep-cap was associated with expression of Rep protein. Non-homologous recombination occurs after high passage and results in deletions within the AAV rep genes. These results indicate that (1) rAdAAVrep-cap can be produced; (2) rAdAAVrep-cap + rAdAAVGFP is a convenient and efficient way to transfect 293 cells to grow high titer rAAV; and (3) frozen stock is required to avoid propagation of rep-deleted pAdAAVrep-cap.
- Adeno-associated virus
- Chimeric vector