Syncytia formation affects the yield and cytotoxicity of an adenovirus expressing a fusogenic glycoprotein at a late stage of replication

S. Guedan, A. Gros, M. Cascallo, R. Vile, E. Mercade, R. Alemany

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Abstract

Fusogenic membrane glycoproteins (FMGs) may enhance the cytotoxicity of conditionally replicative adenoviruses. However, expression at early stages of infection impairs virus replication. We have inserted the hyperfusogenic form of the gibbon ape leukemia virus (GALV) envelope glycoprotein as a new splice unit of the major late promoter (MLP) to generate a replication-competent adenovirus expressing this protein. At high multiplicity of infection (MOI), this virus replicated efficiently forming clumps of fused cells and showing a faster release. In contrast, at low MOI, infected cells formed syncytia where only one nucleus contained virus DNA, decreasing total virus production but increasing cytotoxicity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1240-1245
Number of pages6
JournalGene Therapy
Volume15
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 18 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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