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Genetic modification of adenovirus 5 tropism by a novel class of ligands based on a three-helix bundle scaffold derived from Staphylococcal protein A
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2002 (English)In: Human Gene Therapy, ISSN 1043-0342, E-ISSN 1557-7422, Vol. 13, no 12, 1427-1439 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The use of adenovirus (Ad) as an efficient and versatile vector for in vivo tumor therapy requires the modulation of its cellular tropism. We previously developed a method to genetically alter the tropism of Ad5 fibers by replacing the fiber knob domain by an extrinsic trimerization motif and a new cellular ligand. However, fibers carrying complex ligands such as single-chain antibody fragments did not assemble into functional pentons in vitro in the presence of penton base, and failed to be rescued into infectious virions because of their inability to fold correctly within the cytoplasm of Ad-infected cells. Here we show that the coding sequence for a disulfide bond-independent three-helix bundle scaffold Z, derived from domain B of Staphylococcal protein A and capable of binding to the Fc portion of immunoglobulin (Ig) G1, could be incorporated into modified knobless Ad fiber gene constructs with seven shaft repeats. These fiber gene constructs could be rescued into viable virions that were demonstrated to enter 293 cells engineered for IgG Fc surface expression but not unmodified 293 cells, via a mechanism that could be specifically blocked with soluble Fc target protein. However, the tropism modified viruses showed a slightly impaired cellular entry and a lower infectivity than wildtype (WT) virus. In addition, we generated recombinant fibers containing an IgA binding Affibody(TM) ligand, derived from combinatorial specificity-engineering of the Z domain scaffold. Such fiber constructs also showed the expected target specific binding, indicating that the affibody protein class is ideally suited for genetic engineering of Ad tropism.

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2002. Vol. 13, no 12, 1427-1439 p.
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bacterial receptor domain, fiber protein, combinatorial libraries, binding site, vector, cells, car, identification, specificity, antibodies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-21820ISI: 000177447000002OAI: diva2:340518
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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