Retrovirus-mediated gene transfer into rhesus monkey hematopoietic stem cells: the effect of viral titers on transduction efficiency

V W Van Beusechem, T A Bakx, L C Kaptein, J A Bart-Baumeister, A Kukler, E Braakman, D Valerio

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We have generated a cell line, designated POAM-P1, shedding amphotropic recombinant retroviruses carrying the human adenosine deaminase (hADA) gene. It exhibits a 1 log increased retrovirus titer on NIH-3T3 cells and a five-fold more efficient transduction of human ADA-deficient T lymphocytes, as compared to the previously generated cell line POC-1 which produces the same recombinant hADA retrovirus. To study whether the titer of retrovirus-producing cell lines influences the transduction efficiency of hematopoietic stem cells in a co-culture setting, we compared the POAM-P1 and POC-1 cell lines with respect to their gene transfer efficiency on rhesus monkey bone marrow. Following co-cultivation of rhesus monkey bone marrow with POAM-P1 cells, successful transduction could be demonstrated in approximately 10% of myeloid progenitor colonies (CFU-C) and 0.1% of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) and granulocytes in vivo until > 1 year after autologous transplantation. In addition, the presence of functional hADA enzyme was detected in red blood cells, PBMC, and granulocytes. Monkeys receiving POC-1 co-cultured bone marrow carried transduced blood cells for > 2 years after transplantation. Despite the higher retrovirus titer of POAM-P1 cells as compared to POC-1 cells, no difference was observed in gene transfer efficiency into CFU-C and long-term repopulating stem cells. This shows that in our co-cultivation procedure the retrovirus titer was not limiting the transduction efficiency of primate hematopoietic stem cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-47
Number of pages9
JournalHuman gene therapy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1993


  • 3T3 Cells
  • Adenosine Deaminase/genetics
  • Animals
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Genetic Vectors
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cells/microbiology
  • Macaca mulatta
  • Mice
  • Retroviridae/genetics
  • Transduction, Genetic
  • Transfection
  • Transplantation, Autologous

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