Use of induced pluripotent stem cell models to probe the pathogenesis of Choroideremia and to develop a potential treatment

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  • © 2018 Choroideremia (CHM) is a rare monogenic, X-linked recessive inherited retinal degeneration resulting from mutations in the Rab Escort Protein-1 (REP1) encoding CHM gene. The primary retinal cell type leading to CHM is unknown. In this study, we explored the utility of induced pluripotent stem cell-derived models of retinal pigmented epithelium (iPSC-RPE) to study disease pathogenesis and a potential gene-based intervention in four different genetically distinct forms of CHM. A number of abnormal cell biologic, biochemical, and physiologic functions were identified in the CHM mutant cells. We then identified a recombinant adeno-associated virus (AAV) serotype, AAV7m8, that is optimal for both delivering transgenes to iPSC-RPEs as well as to appropriate target cells (RPE cells and rod photoreceptors) in the primate retina. To establish the proof of concept of AAV7m8 mediated CHM gene therapy, we developed AAV7m8.hCHM, which delivers the human CHM cDNA under control of CMV-enhanced chicken β-actin promoter (CßA). Delivery of AAV7m8.hCHM to CHM iPSC-RPEs restored protein prenylation, trafficking and phagocytosis. The results confirm that AAV-mediated delivery of the REP1-encoding gene can rescue defects in CHM iPSC-RPE regardless of the type of disease-causing mutation. The results also extend our understanding of mechanisms involved in the pathophysiology of choroideremia.
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  • Stem Cell Research  Journal
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    Pubmed Id

  • 16920968
  • Author List

  • Duong TT; Vasireddy V; Ramachandran P; Herrera PS; Leo L; Merkel C; Bennett J; Mills JA
  • Start Page

  • 140
  • End Page

  • 150
  • Volume

  • 27