Redaelli, Marco and Cavaggioni, Andrea and Mucignat-Caretta, Carla and Cavirani, Sandro and Caretta, Antonio and Donofrio, Gaetano (2008) Transduction of the rat brain by Bovine Herpesvirus 4. [Online journal papers]
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Bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) is a gamma-herpesvirus with no clear disease association. A recombinant BoHV-4 (BoHV-4EGFP?TK) expressing Green Fluorescent Protein (EGFP), was successfully used to infect F98 rat glioma cells. BoHV-4EGFP?TK was injected into the lateral ventricle of the rat brain. Histology and immunohistochemistry showed that ependymal and rostral migratory stream cells were transduced while neurons were not. Clinical scores, evaluated for 90 days, indicated that the virus was non neuropathogenic, suggesting this virus is a suitable vector for brain tumor gene therapy.
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