Expression of an exogenous growth hormone gene by transplantable human epidermal cells

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Science  18 Sep 1987:
Vol. 237, Issue 4821, pp. 1476-1479
DOI: 10.1126/science.3629250


Retrovirus-mediated gene transfer was used to introduce a recombinant human growth hormone gene into cultured human keratinocytes. The transduced keratinocytes secreted biologically active growth hormone into the culture medium. When grafted as an epithelial sheet onto athymic mice, these cultured keratinocytes reconstituted an epidermis that was similar in appearance to that resulting from normal cells, but from which human growth hormone could be extracted. Transduced epidermal cells may prove to be a general vehicle for the delivery of gene products by means of grafting.