By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Gene Therapy Weekly -- Current study results on DNA Research have been published. According to news reporting originating in Orleans, France, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "DNA complexes made with cationic polymers (polyplexes) developed as nonviral vectors for gene therapy must be enabled to cross through vascular endothelium to transfect underlying tissues upon their administration in the blood circulation. Here, we evaluated the transendothelial passage (TEP) of DNA complexes made with histidinylated linear polyethylenimine (His-lPEI) or linear polyethylenimine (lPEL)."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Orleans, "In vitro studies were performed by using established transwell lung and skeletal muscle vascular endothelial barriers. The models were composed of a monolayer of human lung microvascular endothelial (HMVEC-L) cells and mouse cardiac endothelial (MCEC) cells formed on a PET insert and immortalized human tracheal epithelial (Sigma CFTE29o-) cells and mouse myoblasts (C2C12) as target cells cultured in the lower chamber, respectively. When the vascular endothelium monolayer was established and characterized, the transfection efficiency of target (Sigma CFTE29o- and C2C12) cells with plasmid DNA encoding luciferase was used to evaluate TEP of polyplexes. The luciferase activities with His-lPEI and lPEI polyplexes compared to those obtained in the absence of endothelial cell monolayer were 6.5% and 4.3% into Sigma CFTE29o- cells, and 18.5% and 0.23% into C2C12 cells, respectively. The estimated rate for His-lPEI polyplexes was 0.135 mu g/cm(2).h and 0.385 mu g/cm(2).h through the HMVEC-L and MCEC monolayers, respectively."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "These results indicate that His-lPEI polyplexes can pass through the lung and skeletal muscle vascular endothelium and can transfect underlying cells."
For more information on this research see: Ability of plasmid DNA complexed with histidinylated lPEI and lPEI to cross in vitro lung and muscle vascular endothelial barriers. Gene, 2013;525(2):182-190. Gene can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Bv, PO Box 211, 1000 Ae Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Gene - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/506033)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J.P. Gomez, University of Orleans, F-45071 Orleans 02, France. Additional authors for this research include C. Pichon and P. Midoux (see also DNA Research).
Keywords for this news article include: Biotechnology, France, Europe, Orleans, Angiology, Endothelium, DNA Research, Gene Therapy, Bioengineering
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