Hypoxia-regulated therapeutic gene as a preemptive treatment strategy against ischemia/reperfusion tissue injury.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Ischemia and reperfusion represent major mechanisms of tissue injury and organ failure. The timing of administration and the duration of action limit current treatment approaches using pharmacological agents. In this study, we have successfully developed a preemptive strategy for tissue protection using an adenoassociated vector system containing erythropoietin hypoxia response elements for ischemia-regulated expression of the therapeutic gene human heme-oxygenase-1 (hHO-1). We demonstrate that a single administration of this vector several weeks in advance of ischemia/reperfusion injury to multiple tissues such as heart, liver, and skeletal muscle yields rapid and timely induction of hHO-1 during ischemia that resulted in dramatic reduction in tissue damage. In addition, overexpression of therapeutic transgene prevented long-term pathological tissue remodeling and normalized tissue function. Application of this regulatable system using an endogenous physiological stimulus for expression of a therapeutic gene may be a feasible strategy for protecting tissues at risk of ischemia/reperfusion injury.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pachori, AS; Melo, LG; Hart, ML; Noiseux, N; Zhang, L; Morello, F; Solomon, SD; Stahl, GL; Pratt, RE; Dzau, VJ

Published Date

  • August 17, 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 101 / 33

Start / End Page

  • 12282 - 12287

PubMed ID

  • 15302924

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC514470

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0027-8424

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1073/pnas.0404616101


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States