- In vitro data available
- In vivo data available (animal)
Investigators at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute have designed a novel lentiviral vector as a potential gene therapy for sickle cell anemia and beta-thalassemia. The novel lentiviral vector encodes the beta-globin gene in a forward orientation and can produce 5-10 fold higher viral titer and 4-10 fold higher gene transfer efficiency to hematopoietic stem cells than reverse-oriented lentiviral vectors. In vivo studies conducted in rhesus macaques show beta-globin production after transplantation with this novel lentiviral vector. This technology could provide an alternative therapy for patients suffering from blood disorders associated with beta-globin gene mutations.
- Increased viral titers
- Increased transduction efficiency
- Large scale vector production