Feline mucopolysaccharidosis type VI: Correction of glycosaminoglycan storage in myoblasts by retrovirus-mediated transfer of the feline N- acetylgalactosamine 4-sulfatase gene

Gouri Yogalingam, Julie Bielicki, John J. Hopwood, Donald S. Anson

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Mucopolysaccharidosis type VI (MPS VI) is an autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder characterised by the deficiency of N- acetylgalactosamine 4-sulfatase (4S). MPS VI has also been described in the eat. As an initial step toward muscle-mediated gene therapy in the MPS VI cat, we have made two retroviral constructs (pLf4S and pLf4SSN) that transduce the feline 4S gene. Both constructs were designed to express the feline 4S sequence from the viral long terminal repeat promoter. In addition pLf4SSN expressed the neomycin resistance gene from the SV40 early promoter. Amphotrophic virus was produced for each construct and used to transduce feline MPS VI myoblasts. Lf4S- and Lf4SSN-transduced MPS VI feline myoblasts demonstrated correction of glycosaminoglycan storage and contained 55-fold and 3.5-fold elevated levels of 4S activity when compared with normal feline myoblasts respectively. Recombinant feline 4S (rf4S) secreted by Lf4S- transduced MPS VI myoblasts was shown to be endocytosed by MPS VI feline cells via the mannose-6-phosphate receptor system, leading to metabolic correction. The results from this study demonstrate that muscle-mediated gene replacement therapy may be a viable method for achieving circulating levels of recombinant f4S (rf4S) in the MPS VI cat.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1189-1194
Number of pages6
JournalDNA and Cell Biology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology

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