Author(s): Zhang Y, Schlachetzki F, Pardridge WM
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Abstract Expression plasmids encoding either luciferase or beta-galactosidase were encapsulated in the interior of an "artificial virus" comprised of an 85 nm pegylated immunoliposome, which was targeted to the rhesus monkey brain in vivo with a monoclonal antibody (MAb) to the human insulin receptor (HIR). The HIRMAb enables the liposome carrying the exogenous gene to undergo transcytosis across the blood-brain barrier and endocytosis across the neuronal plasma membrane following intravenous injection. The level of luciferase gene expression in the brain was 50-fold higher in the rhesus monkey as compared to the rat. Widespread neuronal expression of the beta-galactosidase gene in primate brain was demonstrated by both histochemistry and confocal microscopy. This approach makes feasible reversible adult transgenics in 24 hours.
This article was published in Mol Ther
and referenced in Journal of Nanomedicine & Nanotechnology