Adenovirus-mediated expression of an elastase-specific inhibitor (elafin): a comparison of different promoters
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This report describes the design and construction of three recombinant adenoviruses of serotype 5 (Ad5) expressing elafin (EL), also called elastase-specific inhibitor. Three promoters were chosen to drive the synthesis of elafin: the small (380 bp) human cytomegalovirus promoter (HCMV), the Ad2 major late promoter (MLP) and the mouse cytomegalovirus (MCMV) promoter. Human alveolar epithelial cells (A549), as well as rat and human primary pulmonary fibroblasts were infected with Ad5-HCMV-EL, Ad5-MLP-EL, Ad5-MCMV-EL and with the control Ad5-dl70/3. The MCMV promoter was the most efficient promoter in all cells studied. MLP was the least efficient promoter Intermediate between MCMV and MLP was HCMV which was able to induce significant amounts of elafin, particularly in human A549 cells. When compared in vivo in rat lungs, results were similar; MCMV was the only promoter which induced significant amounts of elafin as assessed by Northern blot analysis and ELISA, even with a low dose of virus (3 x 10(8) p.f.u.). Our data indicate that the MCMV promoter is the promoter of choice for the strong induction of adenovirus-mediated transgenes in the lung and suggest its suitability both in rodent experimental models and in humans for investigative and therapeutic purposes.
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