Cell-mediated immune response and stability of intraocular transgene expression after adenovirus-mediated delivery

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  • Purpose. To evaluate the role of cell-mediated immunity in the stability of ocular adenovirus-mediated transgene expression. Methods. Adenovirus (4 x 106 pfu) containing lacZ (Ad. CMV/lacZ) was injected intravitreally or subretinally into one or both eyes of immunocompetent (+/+) and immunocompromised (nu/nu) CD-1 mice. Control eyes received injections of saline. Additional +/+ mice received subretinal injections of Ad.CMV/lacZ with coadministration of 200 μg of human immunoglobulin (Ig) G or CTLA4Ig by intraperitoneal, intravitreal, or subretinal injection. The mice were killed at various times after injection, and their eyes were examined histologically and immunohistochemically. Results. LacZ expression was extended from 1 week to more than 5 weeks in the corneal endothelium, iris, and trabecular meshwork of nu/nu mice compared with time of expression in +/+ mice when adenovirus was administered intravitreally. In contrast, subretinal injection resulted in only a minimal increase in transgene stability in nu/nu mice compared with that in +/+ mice. Neither systemic nor intraocular administration of IgG or CTLA4Ig affected the stability of lacZ expression in the retina or retinal pigment epithelium after subretinal injection in +/+ mice. Immunoglobulin G and CTLA4Ig enhanced the stability of transgene expression in the trabecular meshwork. Conclusions. A T-cell-mediated immune response appears to play a role in the loss of adenovirus-mediated lacZ expression after intravitreal but not after subretinal injection. This result implies that the subretinal space is an immune-privileged site and a favorable site for gene transfer.
  • Authors

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  • Hoffman LM; Maguire AM; Bennett J
  • Start Page

  • 2224
  • End Page

  • 2233
  • Volume

  • 38
  • Issue

  • 11