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Regenerative Medicine at the Single Cell Level
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9th Annual Congress of the French Society of Cell and Gene Therapy
Paris, France, June 13-15, 2010
Human Gene Therapy
Adult stem cells are instrumental for renewal, regeneration, and repair. Self-renewal and the capacity to generate a tissue for an extended period of time (theoretically a life time) are fundamental properties of adult stem cells that allow longterm tissue reconstruction from a single stem cell as experimentally demonstrated with the bone marrow and the skin. Moreover, human epidermal stem cells (holoclones) can be extensively expanded and manipulated in culture before they are transplanted. We have taken advantage of these unique capacities to demonstrate the feasibility of a single epidermal stem cell approach for ex vivo gene therapy using recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB) as a model system. We have demonstrated that is possible to reconstruct a functional epidermis and anchoring fibers from the progeny of a single RDEB epidermal stem cell transduced with a Col7a1 cDNA by means of a SIN retrovirus. Demonstrations of safe proviral insertion, absence of tumorogenicity and of dissemination of the transduced engrafted cells meet regulatory affairs safety requirements.
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