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Cell-specific expression/replication vector

外国特許コード F110005240
整理番号 B08-01US
掲載日 2011年8月29日
出願国 アメリカ合衆国
出願番号 50017302
公報番号 20050032214
公報番号 7785870
出願日 平成14年12月26日(2002.12.26)
公報発行日 平成17年2月10日(2005.2.10)
公報発行日 平成22年8月31日(2010.8.31)
国際出願番号 JP2002013683
国際公開番号 WO2003057888
国際出願日 平成14年12月26日(2002.12.26)
国際公開日 平成15年7月17日(2003.7.17)
優先権データ
  • 特願2001-402102 (2001.12.28) JP
  • 特願2002-255395 (2002.8.30) JP
  • 2002WO-JP13683 (2002.12.26) WO
発明の名称 (英語) Cell-specific expression/replication vector
発明の概要(英語) (US7785870)
The present invention provides a cell-specific expression/replication vector, and a method of treatment comprising introducing a cell-specific expression/replication vector into specific cells such as malignant tumors in order to selectively disrupt the specific cells.
A vector according to the invention is constructed by: obtaining a transcriptional initiation regulatory region of human calponin gene that is specifically expressed in smooth muscle cell; linking the above region upstream to a replication-related gene of a virus such as ICP4 and the like; linking DNA that encodes a protein such as suppressive factor for tumor angiogenesis or apoptosis-related factors and the like via IRES to the replication-related gene of the virus; and integrating a thymidine kinase gene in an intact state into the viral DNA.
特許請求の範囲(英語) [claim1]
1. A herpes simplex virus vector (HSV vector) that does not replicate in adult normal cells, but specifically replicates and is expressed in proliferating cells expressing calponin, and that is capable of suppressing its replication at a desired time by using the thymidine kinase gene, wherein the HSV vector is a recombinant HSV vector with a DNA fragment comprising: (i) the promoter region of the human calponin gene consisting of the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NO.: 3;
(ii) an ICP4 gene encoding a transcription factor essential for initiation of a herpes viral replication operably linked downstream the promoter region of the human calponin gene,
(iii) an EGFP gene operably linked downstream the ICP4 gene via an internal ribosomal entry site; and
(iv) a LacZ gene integrated upstream to the said promoter region of the human calponin gene;
wherein the DNA fragment is inserted by homologous recombination into the ribonucleotide reductase gene locus of an HSV vector that comprises an endogenous thymidine kinase gene and lacks functional endogenous ICP4 gene, and wherein the expression of both the LacZ gene and the EGFP gene is used to identify the recombinant HSV vector.
[claim2]
2. The HSV vector according to claim 1, wherein an enhancer is operably linked upstream to the promoter region of the human calponin gene.
[claim3]
3. The HSV vector according to claim 2, wherein the enhancer is a 4F2 enhancer.
[claim4]
4. A therapeutic composition comprising the HSV vector according to claim 1 wherein the proliferating cells are smooth muscle cells.
[claim5]
5. The recombinant HSV vector of claim 1, further comprising a heterologous gene encoding a protein or a peptide of interest.
[claim6]
6. A method for expressing a gene, protein or a peptide comprising introducing the HSV vector according to claim 5 into the cells and tissues of an organism, then expressing the gene, protein, or peptide of the vector.
[claim7]
7. A method for suppressing the expression of a gene, protein or a peptide of the HSV vector according to claim 5 comprising, (i) introducing the HSV vector according to claim 5 into the cells and tissues of an organism,
(ii) expressing the gene, protein or peptide of the vector, and
(iii) suppressing the expression of the gene, protein or peptide at a later desired time by administering an antiviral drug, wherein said antiviral drug is aciclovir or ganciclovir.
[claim8]
8. The method according to any one of claim 6 or 7, wherein the cells and tissues in the organism are tumor tissues, vascular or lymphatic vessel constriction tissues, nephritic tissues or fibrotic tissues.
[claim9]
9. A method for producing a cell-specific recombinant HSV vector that does not replicate in adult normal cells, but replicates and is expressed specifically in a proliferating cells that express calponin, and that is capable of suppressing its replication at a desired time by using the thymidine kinase gene, said method comprising the steps of: (a) preparing a DNA fragment comprising, (i) the promoter region of the human calponin gene consisting of the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NO.: 3,
(ii) an ICP4 gene encoding a transcription factor essential for initiation of HSV replication operably linked downstream the promoter region of the human calponin gene,
(iii) an EGFP gene operably linked downstream the ICP4 gene via an internal ribosomal entry site, and
(iv) a LacZ gene integrated upstream the promoter region of the human calponin gene,
(b) contransfecting the DNA fragment with an HSV vector that comprises an endogenous thymidine kinase gene and lacks functional endogenous ICP4 gene into a cell in which the promoter region of the human calponin gene consisting of the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NO.: 3 can be activated; wherein the DNA fragment is inserted by homologous recombination into the ribonucleotide reductase gene locus of the HSV vector to produce HSV recombinant vectors, and
(c) selecting a single clone of recombinant HSV vector expressing both LacZ and EGFP genes via screening the HSV recombinant vectors by limiting dilution without agarose overlay assay using both the LacZ gene and the EGFP gene as markers.
[claim10]
10. The method for producing the HSV vector according to claim 9, wherein the cell is an ICP4 (-) cell.
  • 発明者/出願人(英語)
  • TAKAHASHI KATSUHITO
  • YAMAMURA HISAKO
  • JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
国際特許分類(IPC)
米国特許分類/主・副
  • 435/320.1
  • 514/44.000R
参考情報 (研究プロジェクト等) SORST Selected in Fiscal 2000
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