High levels of persistent expression of alpha1-antitrypsin mediated by the nonhuman primate serotype rh.10 adeno-associated virus despite preexisting immunity to common human adeno-associated viruses.
Gene Transfer Techniques
Mice, Inbred C57BL
Alpha1-antitrypsin (alpha1AT) deficiency is a genetic disorder causing emphysema if serum alpha1AT levels are <570 microg/ml. We have shown that intrapleural administration of an AAV5alpha1AT vector yielded persistent therapeutic alpha1AT serum levels. Since anti-AAV2 and -AAV5 antibodies prevalent in humans may limit the use of these common serotypes in gene therapy, we screened 25 AAV vectors derived from humans and nonhuman primates for alpha1AT expression following intrapleural administration to mice. The rhesus AAVrh.10 serotype yielded the highest levels and was chosen for further study. Following intrapleural administration, 77% of total body transgene expression was in the chest wall, diaphragm, lung, and heart. Intrapleural administration of AAVrh.10alpha1AT provided long-term, therapeutic alpha1AT expression in mice, although higher doses were required to achieve therapeutic levels in female mice than in male mice. Intrapleural administration of AAVrh.10alpha1AT produced the same levels in AAV2/AAV5-preimmune and naive mice. In mice administered with AAV5alpha1AT and subsequently "boosted" with the AAVrh.10alpha1AT vector, serum levels were increased by 300%. These data indicate that AAVrh.10 is the most effective known AAV vector for intrapleural gene delivery and has the advantage of circumventing human immunity to AAV.