Recombinant retroviruses Pseudotyped with the vesicular stomatitis virus G glycoprotein mediate both stable gene transfer and pseudotransduction in human peripheral blood lymphocytes

H. F. Gallardo, C. Tan, D. Ory, M. Sadelain

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Abstract

It is essential for the study of T-sell function and the improvement of adoptive cell therapies to efficiently generate large populations of human primary T cells that reliably express foreign genes. This goal is achieved by using recombinant retroviruses pseudotyped with either the gibbon ape leukemia virus (GaLV) envelope or the vesicular stomatitis virus G (VSV-G) glycoprotein. We show here that both retroviral particles mediate stable gene transfer in CD4+ and in CD8+ peripheral blood lymphocytes cultured under optimized conditions. However, VSV-G-pseudotyped virions may cause transduction artifacts that must be carefully excluded. The VSV-G virions require 10- to 100-fold higher concentrations of infectious particles to achieve levels of gene transfer comparable to GaLV-virions. Nonetheless, the physical stability of VSV-G-coated particles enables the concentration of vital stocks to 109 infectious particles per milliliter or more.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)952-957
Number of pages6
JournalBlood
Volume90
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

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