TITLE

Targeted Gene Transfer System Using a Streptavidin-Transforming Growth Factor-alpha Chimeric Protein

AUTHOR(S)
Garcia-Espana, Antonio; Biria, Shahriar; Malumbres, Marcos; Levin, Brandi; Meruelo, Daniel; Pellicer, Angel
PUB. DATE
October 1999
SOURCE
DNA & Cell Biology;Oct99, Vol. 18 Issue 10, p743
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The previously reported streptavidin-TGF alpha chimeric protein-based delivery system (Ohno and Meruelo, DNA Cell Biol. 15:401-406, 1996) could efficiently transfer protein molecules into A431 cells via the epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor. We have modified this delivery system for the transfer of DNA. For this purpose, we have linked the chimeric protein ST-TGFalpha to DNA through biotinylated polylysine molecules. We show with this system, in the presence of the endosome-destabilizing reagent chloroquine, an average of 50-fold increase in reporter gene expression in comparison with polylysine DNA complexes alone. This gene expression is specific for EGF receptor-expressing cells and is blocked by EGF-binding molecules. These results suggest that the ST-TGF alpha biotinylated polylysine system could be used to deliver DNA to targeted cells.
ACCESSION #
6463056

 

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