Basic fibroblast growth factor induces cell migration and proliferation after glia-specific gene transfer in mice
RNA-Directed DNA Polymerase
Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) is overexpressed in most high-grade human gliomas, implying that it is involved in the pathogenesis of these tumors. To assess the biological effect of inappropriate production of bFGF in normal astrocytes, we developed a system for glia-specific gene transfer in transgenic mice. A transgene encoding the receptor for subgroup A avian leukosis virus and controlled by the astrocyte-specific glial fibrillary acidic protein promoter permits efficient glia-specific transfer of genes carried by subgroup A avian leukosis virus vectors. With this system, we have demonstrated that bFGF induces proliferation and migration of glial cells in vivo, without the induction of tumors.