Recombinant gene expression in vivo within endothelial cells of the arterial wall

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Science  16 Jun 1989:
Vol. 244, Issue 4910, pp. 1342-1344
DOI: 10.1126/science.2499928


A technique for the transfer of endothelial cells and expression of recombinant genes in vivo could allow the introduction of proteins of therapeutic value in the management of cardiovascular diseases. Porcine endothelial cells expressing recombinant beta-galactosidase from a murine amphotropic retroviral vector were introduced with a catheter into denuded iliofemoral arteries of syngeneic animals. Arterial segments explanted 2 to 4 weeks later contained endothelial cells expressing beta-galactosidase, an indication that they were successfully implanted on the vessel wall.

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