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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 97, No. 4, 2002, pp. 547-552
Bioline Code: oc02104
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 97, No. 4, 2002, pp. 547-552

 en An Adenovirus Vector Containing the Suicide Gene Thymidine Kinase for a Broad Application in Cancer Gene Therapy
GS Magalhães; AR Muotri; MCN Marchetto; CFM Menck & AM Ventura


Treatment of cancer using gene therapy is based on adding a property to the cell leading to its elimination. One possibility is the use of suicide genes that code for enzymes that transform a pro-drug into a cytotoxic product. The most extensively used is the herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase (TK) gene, followed by administration of the antiviral drug ganciclovir (GCV). The choice of the promoter to drive the transcription of a transgene is one of the determinants of a given transfer vector usefulness, as different promoters show different efficiencies depending on the target cell type. In the experiments presented here, we report the construction of a recombinant adenovirus carrying TK gene (Ad-TK) driven by three strong promoters (P CMV IE , SV40 and EN1) and its effectiveness in two cell types. Human HeLa and mouse CCR2 tumor cells were transduced with Ad-TK and efficiently killed after addition of GCV. We could detect two sizes of transcripts of TK gene, one derived from the close together P CMV IE /SV40 promoters and the other from the 1.5 Kb downstream EN1 promoter. The relative amounts of these transcripts were different in each cell type thus indicating a higher flexibility of this system.

ganciclovir - adenovirus - thymidine kinase - cancer - gene therapy

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