Navigation Links
Gene therapy cures inherited liver disease in rats

A single dose of gene-virus combination cured rats of a inherited liver disease in which lack of a gene causes the accumulation of bilirubin –which, untreated, results in jaundice and brain damage, said researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in a report in the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences.

"This is the first time this disease (Crigler-Najjar syndrome) has been completely cured long term with a single injection in an adult animal," said Dr. Brendan Lee, associate professor of molecular and human genetics and a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator at Baylor College of Medicine.

Crigler-Najjar syndrome is currently treated by placing the person under special UV lights. It is an unwieldy and time-consuming treatment.

While Lee does not think that cure would be possible in all adults with this technique, he does think it poses a real promise for long-term alleviations of the toxic symptoms of these kinds of diseases. The treatment could be repeated when needed.

The treatment used a specially developed adenovirus to carry the gene into the animal's cells. This viral vector, as it is called, was manipulated so that it minimized toxic side effects. This disease involved a lack of a gene that is found in the part of the cell where detoxification occurs. It points the way to using gene therapy to cure and/or treat a host of other disease that occur because of the lack of genes in this area of the cell.

The viral vector itself is important because it has no long term effect. It does not become part of the genetic machinery of the cell and poses no risk of causing cancer, said Lee.

"This approach would be applicable to many diseases where you are trying to put something back, targeting the liver," he said.

He is hesitant to predict when the treatment can be tried in humans. While the viral vector is fairly benign long term, he would like to see one developed that minimizes the body's immune response to it immediately right after it is injected into the body.

"Fifteen years ago, the goal was to get some correction of the problem," he said. "Most effects were transient. Now with these vectors, long-term correction with no long-term toxicity is possible. We need to find a way to avoid short term toxicity."


Others who participated in this research include: Drs. Gabriele Toietta, Viraj P. Mane, Milton J. Finegold, Philip Ng, and Arthur L. Beaudet of BCM and Drs. Wilma S. Norona and Antony F. McDonagh of the University of California, San Francisco.


Source:Baylor College of Medicine

Related biology news :

1. Adding Radiation Therapy To Chemotherapy Improves Survival In Patients With High-risk Breast Cancer
2. Columbia research lifts major hurdle to gene therapy for cancer
3. Combination therapy boosts effectiveness of telomere-directed cancer cell death
4. Gene therapy converts dead bone graft to new, living tissue
5. Study identifies predictors of HIV drug resistance in patients beginning triple therapy
6. New imaging method gives early indication if brain cancer therapy is effective, U-M study shows
7. Muscle-targeted gene therapy reverses rare muscular dystrophy in mice
8. New therapy for HIV/AIDS eliminates needles and excessive toxicity
9. New Treatment Rivals Chemotherapy For Lymphoma, Study Finds
10. Gene therapy for Parkinsons disease moves forward in animals
11. Pulsating ultrasound enhances gene therapy for tumors
Post Your Comments:

(Date:11/19/2015)... YORK , Nov. 19, 2015  Although some ... market is dominated by a few companies, according to ... companies own 51% of the market share of the ... The World Market for Molecular Diagnostic s ... "The market is still controlled by one company ...
(Date:11/17/2015)... PARIS , November 17, 2015 ... 17 au 19 novembre  2015.  --> Paris ... 2015.  --> DERMALOG, le leader de l,innovation ... à la fois passeports et empreintes sur la même ... pour les passeports et l,autre pour les empreintes digitales. ...
(Date:11/12/2015)...  A golden retriever that stayed healthy despite having ... provided a new lead for treating this muscle-wasting disorder, ... of MIT and Harvard and the University of São ... Cell, pinpoints a protective gene that boosts ... The Boston Children,s lab of Lou Kunkel , ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... , ... InSphero AG, the leading supplier of easy-to-use solutions for production, culture, ... serve as Chief Operating Officer. , Having joined InSphero in November 2013 ... was promoted to Head of InSphero Diagnostics in 2014. There she has built ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... - ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX: PLI) (OTCQX: PFSCF) ("ProMetic" ... , President and Chief Executive Officer of ProMetic, will be ... th Annual Healthcare Conference to be held at the ... st , at 8.50am (ET) and ProMetic,s management team ... presentation will be available live via a webcast accessible at ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... 2015 HemoShear Therapeutics, LLC, a privately ... metabolic disorders, announced today the appointment of ... Directors (BOD). Mr. Watkins is the former president ... (HGS), and also served as the chairman of ... , Chairman and CEO of HemoShear Therapeutics. "The ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... YORK , November 24, 2015 ... in a European healthcare ... which the companies will work closely together in identifying European ... unmet medical need. The collaboration is underpinned by a significant ... fund. This is the first investment by Bristol-Myers Squibb in ...
Breaking Biology Technology: